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SMC1312 - 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 research paper will address the following questions: 
What do you feel is the most significant scientific discovery in the past century? How has it impacted the average American’s daily life and what future implications can you see? 


You will use the following resources to 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.  You may not cite these items but they provide an important source of background information.
  2. Articles - You will  find several scholarly articles on your topic.  You will use Discover to locate scholarly articles, generally from scientific sources. You will need to locate 8 scholarly articles.
  3. Books - You will use Discover to locate books, including eBooks.  You will need to find 1 book/eBook on your topic.
  4. Evaluate - tips 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 APA citation style. This page links to APA citation tips, finding  APA citations in Discover, and links to the Zotero Citation Software guide which will help you manage your research projects and citations.  NOTE: We will not cover discuss the Citation page 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 Schedule Appointment icon in my profile, if you have any questions about your SMC 1312 projects.