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SMS 322: Biology of Marine Vertebrates: Home

Library Classroom Session Objectives

Welcome to the Library Research Guide for SMS 322! Use this guide to help you with your semester long research projects.

Have questions? Contact  Ask-a-Librarian for help! 

Quick Reference

Here are some electronic sources designed to help you find quick information. Use this research guide from Cornell University for help using reference sources. If you can't find what you need, ask a librarian.

Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Atlases

Basic Structure of a Research Article

All scientific journal articles follow the same structure, the IMRAD structure. The IMRAD structure requires that your paper follow this order: abstract, introduction, methods, results, and discussion/conclusion. This structure is a tool for communicating your findings within the academic and scientific communities. Use the Structure of a Scientific Article link below from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as a guide.

Manage Your References

RefWorks is a citation management tool that allows you to:

  • Store resources for papers and projects
  • Create citations of resources in your citation style of choice
  • Insert citations in your paper from your lists of citations
  • Create a bibliography/list of references at the end of your paper

Species Lists

These resources provide good information about specific topics. For more Field Guides, Handbooks, Manuals and Species information, search URSUS, the library's catalog, located in the Books and Thesis tab.

Find Scientific Literature

Peer Review Explained

Search for Books

  • URSUS
    University of Maine System library catalog; you can request items from other campuses to be delivered to Fogler Library
  • MaineCat
    Maine statewide catalog. You can place requests for items within MaineCat to have them delivered to Fogler Library.
  • WorldCat
    WorldCat is a catalog of materials held in libraries worldwide. You can place Interlibrary Loan (ILL) requests for items within WorldCat to have them delivered to Fogler Library.

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