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Research Paper Guide

This guide serves as a portal for students enrolled in Ecology (NSCI 280) during the Spring, 2016 term.  More specifically, the guide addresses topics that may be addressed either in one of the shorter papers or in the final paper which will address issues affecting wetlands in New York. This guide is neither intended to be comprehensive nor to represent an exhaustive search of library collections.  Students should plan on devoting time to experimenting with various search strategies.

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Recomended Reading and Research Paths

Articles from scholarly journals are written by authors generally considered to be experts in their fields.  As a part of the peer-review process, authors submit their work to other scholars who then confirm that they have, in fact, properly conducted original research.  That is why scholarly journals are also know as peer-reviewed, refereed or academic.  

As you begin to search for and read scholarly articles, you will likely notice some of these characteristics:

  • Articles include citations
  • Authors maintain a serious tone and use the language of the profession
  • Articles are written to report original research
  • The author's credentials and affiliations are acknowledged

The two articles cited below are similar in that they address the swine flu epidemic. However, they differ in more ways than they are similar. Can you tell which is the scholarly article?

Wenner, M. (2009). The return of swine flu. Popular Science, 275(4), 50-52. Retrieved from EBSCOhost MasterFILE Premier.

Gerloff, N., Kremer, J., Charpentier, E., Sausy, A., Olinger, C., Weicherding, P. et al. (2011). Swine influenza virus antibodies in   humans, Western Europe, 2009. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 17(3), 404-411. Retrieved from EBSCOhost Academic Search Premier.


"Research Starters" are written to provide background information on a subject much like and encyclopedia. Pay close attention to the references and or bibliography provided as you are likely to find sources to consult further.