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BIOL 356: Microbiology: CRISPR

This guide highlights resources that will help you save time and find materials for research projects in your Microbiology course.

CRISPR Literature Review Process


Sometimes we don't know much about the topic we have been asked to research. In those situations it can be helpful to do some general reading on a topic in a reference resource, such as an encyclopedia. Reference resources provide background information and give context. For example, take a look at this brief article entitled, "What is CRISPR Gene Editing and How Does It Work?" in our Credo database.


You will find the best resources for your research on the "Key Resources" tab of this guide.

The goal of a literature review is to convey the current state of knowledge on a particular topic. A literature review is NOT a summary. 


Synthesize: combine separate elements to form a whole


As you read articles, pay attention to:

  • Common/Contested Findings
  • Important Trends
  • Influential Theories

Consider using a synthesis matrix to record the main points of each source and document how sources relate to each other.