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Good sources for topics:

These are the recommended resources for finding topics for the scientific literature assignment. These will point you in the direction of a good topic to search for articles. The articles in the sites do not meet the criteria on the article rubric.


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How to pick out search terms

Use the links on the left to find topics that may interest you. When you find something of interest read the article and take notes. Write down what the article is about and what it involves. These words are the keys to finding articles in the database on those topics.

Take notes you take will have keywords to plug in the search engine in the database.

Use this example from Eureka Alert to guide you:

National survey finds frog abnormalities are rare

A 10-year study shows some good news for frogs and toads on national wildlife refuges. The rate of abnormalities such as shortened or missing legs was less than 2 percent overall — indicating that the malformations first reported in the mid-1990s were rarer than feared. But much higher rates were found in local "hotspots," suggesting that where these problems occur they have local causes. The results were published Nov. 18 in the journal PLOS ONE....

The most common problems observed were missing or shortened toes or legs, and skin cysts. Only 12 cases of frogs with extra legs were found.

Many different potential causes have been put forward for the abnormalities, including pollution from industry or agriculture, parasites, ultraviolet exposure and naturally occurring heavy metals leaching into water bodies. The exact cause may vary from place to place, Holyoak noted.

Keywords that I will type into the databases search boxes are:

  • Frogs
  • "water pollution"

Go to the database pages to see how this example is search in these recommended databases: the library's ONE SearchScience DirectMedline or JSTOR.


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