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Biology Research for Graduate Students

Reference Management Systems

Bloomsburg University pays for access to these reference management tools, which help you organize and cite your research when writing.

There are also quite a few free reference management systems. Two of the more popular ones (often used by BU faculty) are these.

Recommended Guides

Check with your professor to see what style he/she wants you to use. Some do not care as long as you are consistent. Following are some styles commonly used in biology:

Writing helps

Literature matrices

As you read research studies, you may find it helpful to use a chart or graph to take notes and stay organized. The St. Mary's Writing Center explains how to use a method called a literature matrix to collect the relevant information you'll need in order to write an effective literature review and stay organized.

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