You will need to locate, print, and summarize two study write-ups from a peer-reviewed, scientific journal. Summary articles are not allowed.
Peer-reviewed articles are reviewed and approved by an independent panel of experts in the field. Although you can limit your database searches to scholarly, peer-reviewed sources, you should still take a critical look at each article that is retrieved. Look for these characteristics of scientific, peer-reviewed study write-ups before you use them for this assignment:
· Titles should sound scientific and avoid any “cute” phrasing. For example: “Modelling factors affecting population trends in an endangered amphibian” vs. “Will Amphibians Croak under the Endangered Species Act?”.
· The articles should use the scientific name when referring to the species, not the common name. For example: Eleutherodactylus coqui vs. Common coqui.
· The purpose of the article should be to publish the results of original research – not to summarize other researchers’ findings (as in literature reviews on a species). Also be wary of clinical reports, case studies or brief communications as they are often too short for the purpose of this assignment.
· Articles should contain section headings such as methods, materials, data analyses, results, discussion, etc.
· Charts and illustrations should be included in the article rather than glossy, color photos.
· Sources should be cited at the end of the article.
· The publisher of the journal should be a professional organization or a research or educational institution.
· The study write-ups should be lengthy (around ten pages or more); skip an article if it is very short (ie. 2-3 pages). Some case studies can be too narrow in scope and too short to use for the purposes of this assignment.
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