1. Frame a question that is related to your independent investigation in the previous lab (Lab 2). Type it in a Word document and save it so you can access it on a library computer (preferably on your H-Drive which is on Willamette's server). Here are the main topics from Lab 2:
2. Create a list of relevant concepts and vocabulary that might be used as search terms (minimum of ten). Your textbook, Google, Google Scholar, and Wikipedia are examples of convenient starting points to help generate terms.
3. John Repplinger, the science librarian, will walk you through some of the available electronic databases specific to biology and show how to use them. Remember, like any tool, the more you use them the better you become. John will get you started and is a future resource when you need him.
4. In relation to your question or subject area, search for:
a. one relevant review article using PubMed (NLM). Do not choose articles labeled "epub ahead of print."
b. one relevant primary research article using PubMed (NLM). Do not choose articles labeled "epub ahead of print."
c. one relevant book using the online library catalog.
5. Type in the full formal reference for items a, b, c. Rearrange the reference into CSE format by following precisely the instructions and examples from the CSE Style guide tab above. It is likely that CSE is unfamiliar to you. You will use it later in the semester and in other biology courses.
6. Field Trip! Use PubMed for this part of the assignment. Search for a primary research article on your topic that was published in 2009 or earlier in one of the three journals: Cell, Nature, or Science. Use of the LIMITS option to select the journal and time frame. Write down the full citation (in CSE format) in the space below .
7. Use the library's Journal Title Finder to determine if Willamette owns the issue of the journal that you found in print. (Tip: Do an "Exact Title" search). Fetch the journal in the periodicals section on the first floor of the library. Skim through the article and bring it to your lab instructor or TA for check-off. Be prepared to find the answer to a simple question about the article.
Success in locating journal article____
Success in answering question____
8. Find out the research interests of the Biology faculty. They all do research with undergraduates. Go to the on-line Biology Department's faculty page. After reading about each faculty member, pick one professor whose research especially interests you. Under the faculty member's name, summarize the area of their research in your own words.
Professor Emma Coddington, PhD
Professor David Craig, PhD
Professor Jason Duncan, PhD
Professor Susan Kephart, PhD
Professor Chris Smith, PhD
Professor Melissa Marks, PhD
Professor Barbara Stebbins-Boaz, PhD
Professor Gary Tallman, PhD
10. Explain what interests you about their research. Are you interested in doing student/faculty collaborative research. If you wanted to do collaborative research with a Willamette faculty member, what steps would you take to communicate this? If you have research interests that don't overlap with the department's, what are they?
To give you enough time to practive and develope your literature search skills, your completed typed assignment (#1-10) and this page is due at the beginning of the next lab period.