This guide is designed to help students learn how to use K-State Libraries' many resources for studying and learning biology.

Library Research Guide


Welcome to the Libraries' Biology guide! This guide is designed to connect you with library and campus resources for studying and learning biology. If these guides do not have the information you are looking for, don't hesitate to Ask A Librarian for help any time during the Libraries' service hours or chat with a librarian.

Research Process

Research can be challenging, non-linear, monotonous, frustrating, and rewarding. Breaking parts of the process into smaller pieces
makes it manageable. Below are some steps you might experience as you begin a research project. If you get stuck at any time in this process, Ask A Librarian or make an appointment with your librarian.

First steps in the research process

  1. Choose a topic
  2. Develop a research question
  3. Find resources on your topic
  4. Save your sources

Research notes and reflection

This process takes days, weeks, or months. It is helpful to take notes as you go to track your thinking. Reminders to yourself will save time.

Ask yourself: What am I thinking about as I develop my research question(s)? What types of information do I need to answer this question? Where am I searching and what search terms am I using to find resources? What is interesting to me and my research about this specific article?