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BIOL 110 (Gunther): Session Introduction & Assignment

+Library Instruction Goals

This guide should help you:

  • Form an approach to initiating an assignment.
  • Use keywords related to your chosen case study topic.
  • Distinguish the differences between popular and scientific journal articles.
  • Explore the library's information resources.
  • Evaluate the information you are finding on your topic.  
  • Select three journal articles to use for your analysis.  
  • Cite the journal articles in proper APA format.

Assignment and Research

Choose any full-length article from a science journal or library database.  This should be an entire article - not a summary that is only a couple of paragraphs.  Print the article and then read it, taking notes on the main points or highlighting on the article pages.  

The article must be from within the last year.

 If you have a topic that is extremely outdated,
please check with Professor Gunther about your chosen article!

If you are reading something that says " an article published in the journal...." you have a summary - not the actual article!  

Read the entire article and then read it again taking good notes and. highlighting the main points.  

Write a 1-2 page typed report using the structure below.  You can use the pre-set parameters when you open MS Word.  Each paragraph should be at least 5-7 well-written and complete sentences.  Use correct grammar, punctuation, and mechanics.  

Hand in the report, this sheet, and the entire article - not a clean copy - the one you highlighted or took notes on.

1st paragraph 8 pts
  • Summarize the article in your own words.
2nd paragraph 8 pts
  • What was most surprising or interesting to you?  
    • Why?  
  • What concepts from class relate to this article?
3rd paragraph 9 pts
  • What additional questions or after thoughts do you have because of reading this article?  
  • Did you learn anything new?  
  • Does this information connect to your life in any way?  
  • What is your opinion about the material you read?  
  • Did this article make you want to learn about the subject further?