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+Biology Resources: Researching Species

This guide will help you find journal articles, databases and websites suggested for biology course research.

Linnaeus' Classification of Species

Article Databases

These databases are the ones you should use to start your search for research articles.

Species Background Information

Getting Started

Good things to do before getting started: 

  1. Play the Name Game: know all of the names your species is known by (e.g. a barrel-eye fish is also known as "Macropinna microstoma," "spook fish," and sometimes is referred to just by its family name of "opisthoproctidae.")
  2. Find a Family Tree: be clear on the classification of your species (where it is on its family tree) - this can eliminate a lot of confusion later down the road, and help you with determining how to search
  3. Housekeeping: get set up on RefWorks so you can be sure to save what you are finding for future referrals

Things to think about...

Environmental Factors


  • Densities of individuals
  • Dangers upon throughout their lives and evasion techniques (predators?)
  • Food sources and capture strategies
  • Sheltering options (including camouflage)
  • Mate location, rituals, etc.

Biological Factors 

Functionality of Internal Systems

  • Mechanical, physical, or biochemical


  • Transitions and what triggers them (e.g., migration, swarming, mating, etc.)
  • Life cycle (e.g., egg, nymph, flying form for dragonfly)