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BC 1800 Research Session

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Background Information

My topic:  natural selection

Sometimes it might help to add a search term to help you narrow down,  like: birds, mammals, environmental

  • pick a topic that interests you
  • narrow your topic
  • get a angle/perspective
  • be aware of controversial topics,  ie  irreducible complexity
  • have a plan B

Assignment #1 — Popular media

Assignment #2 — Research or Review Article

A list of the best databases for general science topics

Assignment #3 — Web literacy

  • In the context of web context: How to check out any Web page — interesting post by journalist Scott Rosenberg with some tips & tricks on using web sources
  • ScienceBlogs — blog aggregation site for science, good source of science news & informal commentary
  • ScienceSeeker & — science blog agggregation sites
  • — scientists (mostly) blogging about peer-reviewed research
  • Futurity — a site that aggregates research university press release-type information
  • Using Google as a scholarly research tool:
    • remember: who, why and when
    • What is the source, what are the credentials of the author, potential biases, currency, academic or popular
  • Wikipedia — Wikipedia does link to other websites that you can use

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