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Biology (Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology): Reference Sources

Library Research Guide for MCDB

Why use Reference Sources?


  • Subject dictionaries are a great way to familiarize yourself with words and phrases used in research.


  • Specialized encyclopedias provide excellent introductions to many aspects of research and can provide you with keywords to use in your searches.
  • Articles are usually written by experts in the subject, and will include a bibliography to get you started on your research.

Handbooks & Guides:

  • These sources are often good for finding established techniques for doing something.
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