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Biology 215

Journal Article


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This assignment is done individually. The purpose of this assignment is to help you collect information for your project from scientific journals. Find a recent article in a scientific journal on your term project and provide the information (below) in a one to two page report. Start with Google Scholar, PubMed (choose the PubMed database) , or other science databases available through the Skyline Library and search on your topic. Read the abstracts and keep a record of interesting articles. You may have to go to SFSU or UCSF to see the articles.

Choosing an article and journal: There are many appropriate scientific and medical journals from which to choose. To evaluate the appropriateness of a Journal, the following should be true:

Is the Journal associated with a professional society?
Do the articles list the author's references?
Are the articles written by the researchers, not a news reporter?
Do the articles include data in tables and graphs?
Do the articles include references cited?

Note: PubMed and other databases are not journals and not to be cited as the source, they are indices to published journals.

National Geographic, Scientific American, Science News, and similar popular magazines are not appropriate for this assignment.

Your report must be typed. Refer to the Style Sheet for directions. Print this page in pdf.

Answer the following questions in your own words; do not quote the authors.

1. What is the topic of the background section of your BIOL 215 Project?

2. Give the article citation in proper format.*

3. At what institution was the work done?

4. What was the purpose of the work reported?

5. Summarize the procedures the researchers used.

6. Summarize the results the researchers obtained.

7. Copy one table or graph and, in your own words, describe what these data show.

8. Summarize the conclusions the researchers reached.

9. Of what value to humans or to the body of knowledge is the work described?


*Citation example. Refer to the Style Sheet for directions
Reed, K.D., J.K. Meece, J.S. Henkel, and S.K. Shukla. "Birds, Migration and Emerging Zoonoses: West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease,Influenza A and Enteropathogens." Clinical Medicine and Research 1:5 - 12, 2003.

(The format is: Authors. "Article title." Journal. Vol.(issue #):pp-pp, date.)