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This guide is designed to help you use the library effectively.
1. Find an article in an appropriate periodical through a library database.
Each class has its own list of topics. Make sure you explore the topics assigned to YOUR class.
2. Complete your library research activity. You will be reviewing and commenting on your article.
3. Become familiar with STCC Library resources.
Please feel free to call on me if you have questions or need help.
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BIOLOGY ASSIGNMENT 106 / 206
(Students in 206 should ALSO answer the questions in italics.)
- Students will use the exercise in order to analyze the articles they select.
- Students will use a library database in order to find an article on a topic from this list.
- Students will use 'AND' in searching databases in order to limit results in a database.
- Students will use create and criteria in order to select an appropriate article.
Use a library database to find articles on one of the topics from this list:
From the articles you find, select one, read it, and report back to the class. Include these elements in your report:
- Which database did you use?
- When you first looked for articles on this topic, how many articles did you find?
- List two reasons why you decided to read this article.
PLEASE PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:
- Author name(s)
- Institution where ONE researcher works. (Or where one author is located).
- Article title
- Journal name
- Issue date, issue number (if any) and volume number
- Pages on which the article appears.
- Database you used
- Date you visited the database.
Answer these questions:
1) What topic(s) did the article discuss? Provide the hypothesis.
2) Did it succeed in answering the questions it raised?
3) Give an example of a term or idea that was new to you.
4) What surprised you about the article?
5) Can you identify the audience / audiences for this article? Give a few reasons why you think the article was written for that group or
groups. (Examine the level of the vocabulary, the kinds of images provided, the organization responsible for the publication and the
inclusion (or lack) of information on the author(s), as clues that will help you decide.)
Scientists or Professors
High School students
The General Public
Biology 206 students should also answer:
6) Did names or dates in the article appear in parentheses? Example: Lions really like yellow (Smith, 1999). Do you know what the information in parentheses means?
7) Is there a bibliography/works cited or reference list?
a) If yes, what kinds of items appeared? (Examples: books, journal articles, web sites)
b) If no, why do you think there wasn't one?
8) Were there illustrations (such as charts, graphs, photographs, etc.?)
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