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									                                    Periodical Assignment

                               BIOL 213 – Biology of Animals
                                       Spring 2009

1. Select an article from a recent issue of an appropriate science periodical in our library.
Articles must be related to the subject matter covered in the course. If a specific assignment is
given the General Science Index or the Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature
can be used to find an appropriate article. Select an article that you can read and understand.
Settling for the first article you come across may make this assignment more difficult than
intended. You may also use interlibrary loan. Articles must be from science journals. Science
journals generally fall into two categories: technical science journals, such as Science, Nature,
Northwest Science, and Bioscience; and popular science magazines, such as Scientific American,
Natural History, and Audubon.

2. Read the article you have selected. Photocopy the article so you can work on the report
at your convenience after you leave the library. A photocopy of the article must also be
turned in with the report.

3. Write your report on the article in three parts:

Part A. Citation.      Give a complete, correct, bibliographic citation at the top of page one.
Include these pieces of information in this order: author's name, year, title of the article, name
of the periodical, volume, number, and pages. Use punctuation and capitalization as shown
in the examples below.

Liem, K. F. 1988. Form and function of lungs: the evolution of air breathing mechanisms.
   American Zoologist 28: 739-759.

Censky, E. J., K. Hodge, and J. Dudley. 1998. Over-water dispersal of lizards due to
   hurricanes. Nature 395: 556.

This is the format used by biologists for writing a citation. This is referred to as the Harvard
method, and is detailed in the Council of Biology Editors Style Manual. There is no need to
loose points for writing an incorrect citation. Note that first names are never used, just initials;
also that the first authors last name is first, and the secondary authors last names follow their first
name initials. The year follows the author’s name(s), and the number following the title of the
journal is the volume. The numbers following the colon are the page numbers of the article.
The number in parentheses in some citations refers to the edition (or number) published that
year. The apple article above appears in the eighth edition published in 2001.
Part B. Summary. Summarize the major content of the article in terms of the author's
purpose, methods, results and conclusions. This section should be 3 or 4 paragraphs and
at least 200 words long. Do not copy the author's abstract in place of writing your own
summary. Do not include your own thoughts, judgments or reactions to the article in
this section of the report.

Part C. Analysis. Critically consider the article's content and evaluate its importance.
Among the things which you should consider are the following: What is your reaction to the
article's findings? Is your reaction favorable or unfavorable? How has the article changed
your previous thinking about this topic? What personal experiences make this topic relevant
to you? Does this article seem to have major implications for society or is it relatively
unimportant? Why do you think so? Do you have experiences or knowledge which give
you a point of view different from the author's? Explain. What questions does the article
bring to your mind? Are there alternate ways of solving the problem or dealing with the issue
that the author failed to consider? Does the article suggest possible new research? How does
the article relate to what we’ve been covering in class? You must provide evidence that you have
critically examined the author's work. Simply saying that the article is well done, or that you
liked reading it, or that you agree with the author, or learned a lot, is not going to convince me
that you really tried to deal with the topic or the author's view of it.
The analysis should be 3-4 paragraphs and at least 200 words long.

4. Type your report. Include your name in the upper right hand corner of each page.
The citation should be single spaced. The remainder of the report should be double spaced.
Use only 8 1/2 X 11 inch paper of good bond. You will not be penalized for going over 400
words, but you will be penalized for writing less than 400 words.

5. Write down the subject and the date due when the assignment is made in class.

6. Grading: Maximum credit is 35 points with 7 points awarded in each of these areas:
citation, adequate summary, adequate analysis, writing mechanics including punctuation and
spelling, and evidence of critical thinking. Minus 5 for no photocopy of paper.

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