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SMC 1312 - Foundations of Reflection: Nature - Boies

Resources to research topics for projects in the Nature course.


This class research guide includes links to sources of academic information on topics covered in SMC 1312 Foundations of Reflection: Nature. Your Fall 2017 research project focuses on writing a paper about 1) the most significant scientific discovery in the past century and 2) how the discovery has impacted current life and may change life in the future.  

You will want to use the following the write a successful paper.

  1. Encyclopedias - use to gain background information on your topic, to develop relevant search terms, and potentially identify important articles and books on your topic
  2. Articles - you will need to find several scholarly articles on your topic.  You will use Discover to locate scholarly articles, generally from scientific sources.
  3. Books - you will need to find one book/eBook on your topic.  You will use Discover to locate books.
  4. Evaluate - you will need to think about the relevance, authority, and timeliness of the sources you use. This page will guide you through some questions to consider when choosing to include a source in your work.
  5. Citation - You will need to cite your sources using a parenthetical style like APA. The citation menu links to tips on citing using APA, instructions to find citations in Discover, and help on downloading and using the Zotero software to manage your research and citation.  We will not cover this section in class so feel free to contact me with questions.

You will complete a research activity in class to start your literature review, a process to find and choose sources for your paper.

I encourage you to contact me by email, or set up an appointment via the icon for Necia Wolff's online appointment calendar found in profile icon in my profile, if you have any questions about your SMC 1312 projects.