Biology 457 Research Methods. Deng Pan firstname.lastname@example.org 603-358-2725. Agenda. Develop your research topic Develop search strategies Choose appropriate databases Examples of using databases. Defining a Topic. Choose a topic that interests you
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Impact on species diversity
What’s the effect of purple loosestrife on plant diversity?
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