This guide has been created to help you research your topic and write your term paper for this class.
A series of workshops will be offered during the semester that will offer strategies to make your researching and writing easier and more efficient.
Feel free to contact us if you have questions or need assistance.
When formatting your in-text citations and literature cited section, it can be quite helpful to take a look at articles from the journal itself. Use the Journal Title Lookup to view articles from Conservation Biology.
Use one of the databases listed below to search for articles.
Selecting a Database
Individual articles are not listed in the online library catalog; therefore, you must use an article index or database to search for articles on your topic.
ASU Libraries has hundreds of different databases and indexes to choose from. Some are very broad and cover a wide variety of disciplines, while others are very narrow and only cover specific disciplines.
It is important to choose the right database or index when searching for articles.
Searching for Articles
After you have selected a database or index, it is time to start searching. The easiest way to start searching is by creating search statements with keywords and connectors.
Here are some search statement examples:
Using the * will tell the database to replace the * with alternative endings (e.g. habitat, habitats)
TIP You won’t want to use a phrase, such as conservation policies of international parks and nature preserves in Africa in the database or index, because this will not work (you won’t get any results). Remember to pick out the important words for your topic and use AND/OR to combine them into a search statement.
The resources below will be helpful for selecting your term paper topic and finding background information.