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Good sources for topics:

These are the recommended resources for finding topics for the scientific literature assignment. These will point you in the direction of a good topic to search for articles. The articles in the sites do not meet the criteria on the article rubric.


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How to pick out search terms

Use the links on the left to find topics that may interest you. When you find something of interest read the article and take notes. Write down what the article is about and what it involves. These words are the keys to finding articles in the database on those topics.

The notes you take will have keywords to plug in the search engine in the database.

In the retrives an article about how loud sounds affect whales ( The main research of the article was to research a "practical approach to minimizing and monitoring the risk of harm to vulnerable marine species when intense sounds are used to survey the sea floor primarily in the search for oil and gas." The summary also notes that this study is important because "whales rely on sound for communication, navigation and foraging. Exposure to loud noise from seismic surveys can result in stress and behaviour changes, affect foraging and nursing, or cause direct physical damage."

Keywords that I will type into the databases search boxes are:

  • Whales
  • "loud noise"

Go to the database pages to see how this example is search in these recommended databases:  Science DirectMedline or JSTOR.


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