Welcome to FYE Library Day!
Your Librarian: Jared Seay
Your Peer Facilitator: Kathryn Grace Johnson
Your Professor: Michael Ruscio
Part 1: Listen to the nice librarian
Part 2: Google Doc Prep
Part 3: Zombies & You & Articles
And now a word from your professor: There are many examples of what might be considered “zombie-like” behavior that occur in nature. Some of these examples can involve parasitic takeover of the nervous system, fungal infection of the nervous system and other mechanisms. The goal of this assignment will be to identify primary sources and secondary sources which provide scientific evidence and data for these conditions.
On the Zombie Research Society web site (see link in box left) there are several links which describe these zombie-link conditions. Our goal will be to use these links as a jumping off point to find primary and secondary sources.
I have listed the topics (SEE box left) and randomly (alphabetically) assigned everyone a topic. In tandem with your library synthesis seminar your first goal will be identify one secondary source and two primary sources for your particular topic. Secondary sources are sources that summarize, popularize or describe a scientific discovery or concept. For example news web sites, magazines, scientific magazines (e.g. Scientific American), newspapers are generally secondary sources for scientific information. Primary sources are references that come from peer-reviewed journals or direct sources of descriptive data. They are written by the scientists who ran the experiments, conducted the research and gathered the data.
Part 4 Library Info. & Feedback
The Future of this Project: From the information you find, you will write a two page summary of the science behind the “zombie behavior”. In your summary address whether you found the information from secondary or primary sources more helpful and why. In your paper be sure to include a reference section for all the sources you used (secondary and primary). Be able to produce a copy of your references (either printed or pdf.).
This paper will be due in class Monday February 20th . In class that day we will also discuss the assignment, so be prepared to provide the class with a brief description of the behavior and the evidence you found to support it. This is not a formal presentation, but be prepared to offer your description for discussion. All work should be done individually (i.e. this is not intended to be a group/ pair assignment).
How to Look at Primary & Secondary Sources
Primary: Ground-level evidence for any discipline
Secondary; Anything created using primary sources
Differs by discipline
|History||First Hand Account: Diary, newspaper, letter, photograph, video||Article or book about that account|
|Literature||Novel or poem||Article or book about novel or poem|
|Science||Empirical Study||Article or book about one or more studies or about the issue based on these studies|