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BIOL 101 - Taylor - Maple Woods


This is the library guide for Linda Taylor's Bio 101 class. The resources and guidance here will help you complete your keystone species paper.

On this page, try some links in the Getting Started box if you're still trying to pick a species. Find out how you can get help from a librarian in the Contact Us box.

On the Articles page, see a list of databases you can search to find popular and scholarly scientific articles and learn how to evaluate those for quality as well.

On the Writing and Citing page, click the links to see tips and examples on when and how to paraphrase and download a copy of the library's guide to APA citation. 

Can't find what you need? If you are struggling to find resources on your species in our library, talk with a librarian about requesting books or articles from other libraries. 

Getting Started

Trying to decide on a species? Visit the following links for a brief overview on keystone species with some examples.

Wondering what makes a source count as scholarly? Check out the handout linked below.

Tips for Quick Approval

Want your appointment with a librarian to go quickly? Here are a few tips that should help you get signed off faster:

  • Be sure you've filtered for scholarly/peer reviewed materials, if the database you're using allows you to do so.
  • Check the dates. If the article was published more than 20 years ago, choose something more recent. JSTOR in particular contains a lot of older articles.
  • Be sure both articles are about the same species! There's more than one kind of bee or elephant.
  • In most cases, a web source outside the library will probably not be approved, unless it's a scholarly journal.
  • Watch out for book reviews. These will be marked as scholarly/peer reviewed, but won't give you much information. You can identify them by the publication information at the start of the article. Look at an example book review here.
  • Make sure to save a copy of the article, or at least partial citation information, rather than copying a link or keeping a tab open. Sometimes database links and tabs expire. If you do save a link, look for a permalink or stable url, often represented with a chain icon.
  • Have your citations ready. Many databases will cite sources for you. It will be faster for the librarian to help correct any citation errors rather than to create citations from scratch.

Contact Us

You have multiple options for getting your sources signed off.

1. Visit the library reference desk during open hours (8:00 - 7:00 Monday through Thursday, 8:00 - 3:30 on Fridays).

2. Get live chat help by accessing the Ask a Librarian service. Maple Woods librarians staff the chat service from 1:30pm to 7:00pm Mondays through Thursdays and 1:30pm to 3:30pm on Fridays.  

3. You can also schedule a virtual research appointment with a librarian. Once you select a time, a librarian will send you a Zoom link. Slots are limited. 

4. Email your sources and citations to Only do this as a last resort, as turnaround time may be slow. 

When working with a librarian to sign off your sources, share your name. The librarian will email your instructor to tell her when they have approved your sources.