Use the tabs at the top of this box to navigate through the steps of this assignment. There are suggestions and help for each stage.
You have two topics to choose from. Be sure to use one of the two assigned to your lab section (posted on Blackboard).
Your topic provides a citation to a news article, to get you started. The is article is accessible to you through the Library website. Read the tutorial on how to navigate from a citation to an article (link below).
These are linked from the appropriate sections (see tabs).
The news story you've chosen reports on the results of a recently published scientific study. You need to find that published study! It will be an article published in a scholarly journal. How difficult this is depends upon how much information your news article provides.
When you search for related articles, keep in mind that this is NEW research - that's why it's in the news. You want related articles, not other articles on this exact topic. Be creative in your searching.
Look for relevant keywords from your article and from your other coursework/textbook. When searching for scholarly articles, you don't enter a question into the search box; you select key terms and request all article descriptions that contain these terms. (See the Keyword Searching tutorial.) You can't expect the system to interpret how a word is used - that's your job. Get the system to find as many instances of the terms as possible, and use your own judgement to determine if the articles can be applied to your subject.
Be sure to select scholarly articles.
Look for articles published since 2000.
An example of a search in Web of Science:
A sample search from Anthropology Plus:
A sample search from Scholars Portal Journals:
The link in your address bar won't always bring a new user to the same site. Find a link that will work for others, including access to Trent resources from off-campus.
The best way to test it is to open a different browser and enter the link in the address bar. After each try, close the browser and start fresh, so there's no cached information.
See the tutorial on finding links that work, including using a DOI.
Create your bibliography using the SAA style. See the guide on the Academic Skills website.
An annotation is a brief summary, in your own words, of the source's content (150 works max.). Do not copy the article abstract or any other part of the article text; this is plagiarism!
See your assignment sheet for detailed information on formatting for this assignment.