Research MethodsDescription in Scientific Research

by Anne E. Egger, Ph.D., Anthony Carpi, Ph.D.

Further Exploration

Why Descriptive Science Still Matters

BioScience - A short article by David A. Grimaldi and Michael S. Engel about the role that descriptive science plays in modern biology.


Grove Karl Gilbert


Report on the Geology of the Henry Mountains

G.K. Gilbert's original 1877 publication from the Geographical and Geological Survey of the Rocky Mountain Region.

Report on the Geology of the Henry Mountains, 2nd Edition

Original 1880 text by G. K. Gilbert.


Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Central

Jane Goodall Institute - Research program dedicated to the study of chimpanzees.

USGS Real-time Water Quality Data

USGS - Water-resources data collected at approximately 1.5 million sites.

Google Scholar

Google - Research database allows searching of the scholarly literature.

...Darwin was a prolific describer of everything from barnacles to orchid pollination and animal emotions. ...[His work] succeeded so well because it assembled and explained vast descriptive evidence.
- Grimaldi and Engel, Why Descriptive Science Still Matters
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