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BIOL 490: Special Topics - Cell & Molecular Neuroscience: Session Introduction & Assignment

+Library Instruction Goals

This guide should help you:


Use keywords from a research question or statement to search.

Distinguish differences between review articles and primary scientific articles.

Explore the library's information resources - aka our scientific databases that contain journal articles.


Information Requirements

You will each sign up for a topic on which you will chose and present a primary literature article.  The article should be outside the scope of what is presented in the textbook.  You will also be expected to write a brief summary of the paper (2 typed, double-spaced pages) in which you will summarize the question, hypothesis, methods, results and conclusions - and give a brief critique of the work.  the review as well as a copy of the article will be handed in on the day it is presented.  



Things to remember:  

  • your journal article should not be a review article
  • your article should not be from webmd or somewhere similar
  • you should cite everything that you use in your critique, and you should so so in the style of the journal 'Nature'  (see handout given in class for more information)
  • you need to have at least 5 backing sources to support your critique