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BIOL 225 Thomson: Library assignment

Resources and information for BIOL 225, Organismal Biology, with Prof. Thomson

Library assignment


You will be conducting two species reports later in the semester which will require you to find scientific articles and interpret the information. you will also need to use in-text citations and provide a comprehensive and correctly formatted list of references. I recognize that you may have done this in previous classes, but those skills may be new for some of us, and familiar, but rusty in others. 


There are 3 parts to this assignment:

Part 1 - How to Read a Scientific Article

See the section of this guide on How to read and dissect a scientific article.


Part 2 - Cañada College Library Database Search

After choosing one species to study, use the section of this guide on Searching for Articles to find a full text article on that species, and either download it or email it to yourself.

Select one of the species currently listed as endangered or threatened in California (use the links below to see those lists). If you already have a species in mind that you would like to research (even if it is not threatened), you can use that species, as long as it occurs in California. 

California Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma californiense)

California Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma californiense)

Photo U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, public domain, via Wikimedia commons.

Part 3 - Use the "Anatomy of an Article" guide to dissect the article you found. 

Follow the prompts in the Arizona State University's Ask a Biologist page in Part 1 to dissect the article you found by searching in the library's database.