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*Natural Sciences | Program Guide: Reading

A guide to online library research for Natural Sciences students at APUS.

Scientific Inquiry: A Flowchart

If you are finding scientific papers difficult to interpret, it may help for you to review the process of scientific inquiry.  Mouse over the interactive flowchart from UC Berkeley...and click here to read more about each step.  

Once you feel comfortable with the process, explore the ebooks and websites linked in the other boxes on this page.  They'll guide you in getting the most out of each reading.

Helpful Tools

Take notes as you read!  Mendeley and Zotero are free citation management programs that can help you organize your sources and record your thoughts as you read.   OneNote is a free Microsoft note-taking tool that you can use on any device.