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The Zombie Brain..and Non-Zombie Brain: A Beginner's Guide: FYE Library Activity

Your Librarian and PF(s)

Welcome to FYE Library Day!

Your Librarian: Jared Seay
Your Peer Facilitator:  Kathryn Grace Johnson
Your Professor: Michael Ruscio

All Topics


  • Zombie rat mind control
    • Trey Anderson, Haylee Caddell
  • Wasps create Zombie ladybugs
    • Deb Das, Hannah Davis
  • Screw worms eat like Zombies
    • Julie Glynos, Natalie Johnson
  • New Zombie parasite discovered
    • Nick Labate, Gregory Lamm
  • Hairworm makes zombie crickets’
    • Stephani Logar, Nicholas Mazza
  • Fungi creates Zombie ants
    • David Modell, Kirby Nassetta
  • Zombie snail mind control
    • George Nield, Emily Pelletier
  • Scientist unlock secretes of zombie cockroaches
    • Brandon Priester, Courtney Ray
  • New zombie anti fungus discovered
    • Kirsten Ruopoli, Luke Stockmayer
  • Cyborg jellyfish paves way for rebuilt human bodies
    • Kennedy Toole, Samantha Udet


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Part 1: Listen to the nice librarian

  • Your librarian guy will give you some helpful (critical) tips and guidance on how to use the library search tools and the difference between primary & secondary sources.

Part 2: Google Doc Prep

  • Open the "read-only" Google worksheet
  • Log into you Google account
  • Follow the instructions about making a copy of the doc for your Google Drive and sharing the document with Burton (Zombie Killer) Callicott

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

  • Complete the very brief feedback survey. 

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).

Primary Sources

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