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Biology 2: Article of the Week Assignment

Independent Research Project


During your independent research project, it is vital that you find credible resources to base your hypotheses upon and to support your final report. As a part of your report, you will be required to give a background context for your study, reference previous studies on the subject, and impress upon your readers the importance of your study. As such, you will be required to find a credible source EACH WEEK leading up to the submission of your paper’s introduction.

Each week, you are to find a minimum of one credible source for your paper. These sources can be CREDIBLE websites, book, periodicals, or journal articles. You will need to read the source, and HAND WRITE NOTES on the key aspects of the article. You must also provide an accurate APA citation and turn in a copy of the article as well.

Keep in mind that this assignment is meant to help you with your large research project. A minimum of five sources is required for your project, two of which must be primary journal articles. You will be receiving formative points for work that you SHOULD BE DOING ANYWAY! You may also use this as an opportunity to talk with me about your sources, ask questions, and get guidance on your background information for your project.

You will need to create a section for ALL of these articles in your research binder. You will turn them in with your binder for your final submission of your project.

Finding search terms

Instagrok: Research any topic with an interactive concept map, that you can customize and share

Visu-words: visual dictionary


The complete list of database accessible to UHigh students through ISU's Milner Library can be found here: ISU A-Z Database List.

To access from home, use your ULID and password to access after locating the desired database.

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