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Bio 111 - Croteau - Special Topics Assignment: Special Topics Assignment

Used this guide to assist you with the Special Topics Assignment in Becky Croteau's Bio 111

Prepare Discussion Topics

Look up new/interesting vocabulary.
Consult the textbook.
How does the article tie-in to the unit?
What are the controversies related to this topic?
What related topics of interest did it lead to?
How did it impact your understanding/thinking regarding this topic?

Find & Read the Assigned Article

Use LLCC Subscrition Databases in EbscoHost (see tab on this guide) to locate the article assigned by Professor Croteau.  {NOTE: For the example presented today, Professor Croteau provided a copy of the article.}

Most articles will be available in the database Academic Search Premier.

Search by:
SEARCH BOX 1: author's name (last name, first initial/name)
SEARCH BOX 2: central subject term (a key word from the title or abstract)

Choosing Articles

You will search in LLCC Scholarly Subscription Databases to find an article to discuss with the class.

The article should be:

  • SCHOLARLY (FOR EX: American Scientist or Scientific American)
  • THEORETICAL EXAMINATION/DISCUSSION of the topic
  • RESEARCH ARTICLES (with an introduction, methods, results conclusion) because research articles are often specific and technical, best results for these articles come from focusing discussion on the Introduction & Conclusion sections; f detailed statitics and procedures DO NOT lend themselvs well to class discussion
    • NOT popular magazine articles (for ex: Time Magazine/The New York Times/Psychology Today).
    • AVOID BOOK REVIEWS & EDITORIALS
It is very important that you be able to UNDERSTAND the MAIN IDEAS in the article if you are lost in detail then it will be hard to explain and it won’t be interesting for your classmates.
 

You also want an article that relates your Biology Topic/Concept to a CURRENT ISSUE or an interesting or unusual APPLICATION of your special topic


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