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BIOL 4232 / 5232: Herpetology

This guide accompanies the course offered in the Biology Department at the University of Central Missouri.

Choosing a Topic

Selecting a topic is the first step in the research process. Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Understand the scope and requirements of your research project. Discuss with your professor if necessary.
  • Read existing research on the subject to help find a specific issue you want to address.
  • Select a topic that interests you.
  • Make sure the topic that has enough prior research available that you can make a well supported argument. 
  • Pick a topic that can be broadened or narrowed if necessary.

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