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Prof. Eiden; SPRING 2021 - General Biology 1 (115) - (20646): Home


Welcome! This research guide was created for students in Dr. Eiden's Biology 115 class.

This guide is a customized resource for this assignment, and I encourage you to refer to it as you conduct your research.

You have been assigned to write a 4-5 paragraph summary of a biology article that is available in the Science section of the New York Times, or a publication related to biology, medicine, the environment, etc. Your article could also come from a reputable journal or website (.org, .edu, gov.).

The article should relate in some way to a topic listed on your class syllabus.

Your article should include:

  • Name, author, date of publication of the article
  • Article Summary, including the following:

                 a. Biology topic

                 b. A brief background on the topic

                 c. Main focus of the article

                 d. Citation

  • How does this article relate to the information you are learning in this course?
  • How does this article relate to an observation you have made in nature?
  • Does the author work for a specific company or organization?
  • Does the author have a bias?

                   a. What is the author's political point of view if given?

                   b. What does the author stand to gain?

                   c. Who is paying to support the research?

                   d. Does the author present alternate points of view within the article?

                   e. If so, are those views presented objectively, or with scorn?

  • Would you recommend the article to a friend to read? Why or why not?

Citing your sources correctly is an important component of any research assignment. If you have any questions about research and citations, please feel free to contact me at 

For real-time assistance, use the live IM box from the library homepage.

What's in This Guide

The resources on these pages will help you:

  • Formulate a search strategy on your topic
  • Find scholarly articles in the library databases
  • Find e-Books in the library catalog
  • Evaluate the sources you have found
  • Cite your sources properly in APA format to avoid plagiarism
  • Use the Writing Center for help with your drafts
  • Get additional help
  • Log in from off-campus


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