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BIOZ 151 / BIOZ 152: Biological Science Lab

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Begin a search at VCU Libraries Search. Try an idea from the list or try a combination of terms. Think about the topic and how it interests you, then add your ideas to the search.

Search ideas:

  • seed germination AND salts
  • seed germination AND magnesium chloride
  • (buckwheat OR Fagopyrum esculentum ) AND germination AND salts
  • (buckwheat OR Fagopyrum esculentum ) AND germination AND magnesium chloride

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  • document type: articles
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152 Sample Searches

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Search ideas:

  • "bean beetle" OR "callosobruchus maculatus"
  • oviposition (choose a secondary term that fits your goal)
  • substrate preference
  • ("bean beetle" OR "callosobruchus maculatus") AND oviposition AND (choice OR preference)

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  • document type: article
  • subject: life sciences


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