Library Research Part 1 - Preliminary Research Due Wed Sep 16

  1. Choose a topic that you are interested in [unrelated to cloning] from Defining Moments in Science: Over a Century of the Greatest Discoveries, Experiments, Inventions, People, Publications, and Events That Rocked the World. Write down the page number(s) you found it on.
  2. Why did you choose this topic?

    *****For each of the following searches: Print two copies of your research reflections and bring them with you to the library atrium - meet there by 3:30pm. I will leave my office at 3:15 if you want to walk with me. I interpret sources related to your topic broadly here. These may include sources related to the topic, the people, the time and place, etc. As usual, I am happy to help in office hours or via ASULearn messages.

  3. Go to and click on Advanced Search. In the Search within a site or domain section enter .edu. Type in search words related to your topic and search. Modify the search words as necessary to obtain interesting results. Follow the directions above that specify what you should type.
  4. Repeat your first search, but choose .gov.
  5. Repeat your first search, but choose .com or .tv.
  6. From the Advanced Search on Google, search in Google Scholar. Note that if you are on campus, then you will have full access to the library's subscriptions from Google Scholar - sources that are restricted may be available.
  7. Go to the main library webpage at Click on Catalog and search there.
  8. From the main library webpage, click on Databases & Articles then on J and then search JSTOR. If you are off campus, then you will need to enter your banner id.
  9. From Databases & Articles, choose S and then search Science Citation Index.
  10. From Databases & Articles, choose A and then search Academic OneFile.
  11. From Databases & Articles, choose a subject related to your topic and search a database that is found there.

For example, for #3, search google's advanced search for .edu. Now reflect on what types of results you get (for example, for "human cloning" my search shows some conference announcements, reports, and published articles). Then I would choose 2 of the references that seem interesting and directly copy and paste the reference information from google.

So my response for #3 might look like the following:
The .edu search for human cloning results in conference announcements, reports, and published articles.
3a)Genetic Encores: The Ethics of Human Cloning
Thorough Report by the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy.
3b)Human Cloning Conference: Science, Ethics, and Public Policy
A conference at the University of San Francisco featuring scientific explanation with ethical and public policy debate.