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Homer has been replaced by a General Search function to discover books, articles, journals and other materials. We do have a guide for how to search this collection (the software for the General Search is called Primo.)

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Class Outline

Biology 2244W  Ecology
Library Instruction
Fall, 2016


  • What are refereed journals? 
  • What is primary literature?
  • Ecology class guide -

Choosing a topic:

Look for sources with broad background information like encyclopedias, books and your textbook.. 

Search for a particular journal or review journal (Science, Nature, TREE, Ecology, etc.)

Scan popular science sciences magazines such as Bioscience, Scientific American, Discover, etc. or popular websites like

Search for review articles by subject in a database, both for background information and for lists of primary literature on a topic


Find primary research on specific topics:

Biology databases:


Search Essentials
  1. Identify the main concepts of your search topic
  2. Truncation
  3. Operators (and, or, not)
  4. Nest terms within parentheses if needed
  5. Field searching - review articles
  6. Locate the DOI for an article

Locate Journal Articles

  • UConn Links button  in databases   
  • Find Articles by Journal on Library's homepage (
  • Homer, Library Catalog
  • Interlibrary Loan

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Writing Assistance

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Additional Assistance:

Integrated Taxonomic Information System – an authoritative taxonomic information source for plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world. A good source for taxonomc hierarchies from either scientific or common organism names.

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  • import references directly from online databases, catalogs and Google Scholar
  • combine with Word to help you write papers and bibliographies
  • access your personal account from any computer connected to the Internet
  • free access to all UConn students

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University of Connecticut
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