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PLS 498 - Senior Capstone (Fall 2017)

Use this guide to identify library and web resources to support research for your PLS 498 Literature Review assignment.


Welcome to the PLS 498 Library Research Course Guide. Scroll down this page or use the tabs in the column to the left to find the following sections:

  • Choose your topic and plan your research strategy
  • Find subject guides
  • Use article databases
  • Cite and manage your sources
  • Get help

Choose Your Topic and Plan Your Research Strategy

You will need to gather information resources to complete the literature review assignment successfully.

Before you begin searching the literature, make sure you understand the assignment and set target dates for completion of important steps in the research process. The following tutorials can help you with those steps.

For help in topic selection and refinement, review the following tutorials:

Explore Subject Guides

Subject guides are created by librarians at the University of Arizona Libraries. Use the relevant subject guides to: 

  • identify databases to use for finding articles in journals 
  • browse dictionaries, encyclopedias and other books
  • explore web resources, library tools and services, etc.

The most relevant subject guide for PLS 498 is:


Other guides to consider, include:


To see the complete list of subject guides:

Use Article Databases

The following databases are relevant for most plant science topics:

These tutorials will help you prepare for searching any database:
These tutorials will help you learn search techniques for specific databases:

Cite and Manage Your Sources

Get Help

If you have questions about the literature review assignment, contact your PLS 498 professor.

If you need help with library resources or services, please use the Libraries' Ask Us service or contact Jeanne Pfander, Librarian for the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences.

Librarians for other colleges and departments at the University of Arizona can be found at the Find Your Librarian page.