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For students taking Dr. Hagey's BSB 485 Special Topics in Biomechanics class

Searching Keywords

Drawing of jellyfish intaking and expelling waterWhen searching in databases and on Google Scholar for information related to biomechanics in certain species, remember: less is more! Use targeted keywords that you've found, or feel free to borrow from the suggested list below:

  • Physiology
  • Biomechanics/Biophysics
  • Taxonomic rank (e.g. Mammals)
  • Name of animal/scientific name of animal (e.g. sei whale/Balaenoptera borealis)
  • Locomotion, or type of (e.g. Swimming)
  • Behavior, or type of (e.g. Predation)

Image credit: "Medusa - Hydraulic Propulsion," CC BY-SA

Also, click here to see "Evolutionary Biomechanics," a bibliography created by our own Dr. Hagey!

MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) are often used to fuel search engines! For more information on how to find and use MeSH terms, see this video! Visit the MeSH Database to find more search terms.