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Biology Research Guide: Bio 210 Forensic Investigation Assignment


Journal articles used in this assignment must be peer reviewed, which means they are written by experts, for experts and are reviewed by experts prior to publication (here is one example of a peer-reviewed article about forensic anthropology). They are written in highly discipline-specific, technical language, are typically organized using headings such as Methods, Results, and Conclusions, and usually contain a number of scholarly references. For more information about peer-reviewed articles, see page 2 of our Evaluating Information Sources handout. 

You are most likely to find peer-reviewed forensic anthropology articles in the databases listed below. If you are unsure whether an article is peer-reviewed, please contact your instructor or a librarian for assistance! All the databases below search the full-text of the article, so use targeted keywords (e.g. osteoblasts) to return results tailored to your specific research question.


Our print and ebook collections can help you find helpful information about forensic anthropology. The Books & Media Catalog houses summary records of both collections and should be searched using broad descriptive keywords, as it does not offer full-text searching. ProQuest Ebook Central offers over 150,000 searchable ebooks on every subject in existence. Consider using more targeted keyword searches, as this platform can search the complete full-text of every available title.


You are required to document all your sources within the text and in your references page in APA format. The two documents listed below provide guidance on how to properly cite a number of common source types, such as books and journal articles. You are not allowed to use direct quotations in this assignment! Be sure to properly cite any ideas you used from another author's work using either the parenthetical or signal phrase method, both of which are demonstrated below:

Parenthetical citation: Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) can provide much helpful information about polygenic diseases (Rappoport, 2020).

Signal phrase: Rappoport (2020) states that genome-wide association studies (GWAS) can provide much helpful information about polygenic diseases.

Please consider using NoodleBib to generate your citations. This program uses templates to help students build their reference list and can automatically export one to Word. Please contact a librarian or the reference desk for more information.

Subject headings

Subject headings are assigned by librarians and subject matter experts to indicate that a published work is specifically about a given subject. The terms listed below are established subject headings for some of your paper topics and may prove helpful when searching the catalog and library databases:

Body fluid analysis

Bone growth

Bone remodeling

Dental jurisprudence (used for forensic odontology)

DNA analysis

Facial reconstruction

Forensic anthropology

Forensic entomology

Forensic pathology

Human decomposition

Human skeleton

Vocational guidance

Biology call numbers

QH    Biology 

QK    Botany

QL    Zoology

QM    Human anatomy

QP    Physiology

QR    Microbiology

R    Medicine (General)

RA    Public aspects of medicine

RB    Pathology

RC    Internal medicine

RD    Surgery

RG    Gynecology and obstetrics

RJ    Pediatrics

RM    Physical Therapy

RS    Pharmacy

RT    Nursing

RX    Homeopathy