Best Sources for Academic Science Research

Use journals! Academic journals are often more reputable sources of information than what you will find on websites. They are written by experts, and articles are reviewed by other experts in the same field. The research they use is current and reliable.

As with any source of information, be critical and watch for bias. Always triangulate your sources!

Science Reference Center

Britannica Online

Science Research


Image result for citation memeWe’ll start our lesson with a look at plagiarism and academic honesty, using the tutorial “You Quote It, You Note It”. 

We will review what you’ve learned with “APA Style for Beginning Scientists” and youwill have your own copy of our references. You’ll go home today with all the tools you need to be a research superstar.

For future reference, the OWL Purdue site can answer all of your questions.

Persuasive Letters with Ms Jackson’s class

Try this letter generator to get your business letter format.

Make sure that you mention the source of your information at the end of the letter, after your signature. The format for the video looks like this:

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So many bugs!

While it might have looked like someone loved the library so much they had to move in to the courtyard, what was actually happening in the tent in the garden was (even) cooler than that: Mr. Zoras’s science class was collecting bugs and recording their findings, as part of a Canada-wide project.  Here’s a summary from the project’s website:

“Since 2013, the School Malaise Trap Program has teamed up with thousands of students and educators across Canada in order to explore the insect diversity found in their schoolyards. The program’s goal is to encourage students to explore, question and understand the world around them – starting with their own schoolyard. Students are introduced to the life of a biologist and the exciting science of DNA barcoding.

“Through hands-on research and inquiry based learning, the School Malaise Trap Program encourages students to become actively engaged citizen scientists – their efforts contribute valuable data to the International Barcode of Life project. Over 700 new species to BOLD have been discovered since this project began!”

Here’s the list of species in our garden:

Species List Monarch Park Collegiate

Individual Trap Report_Monarch Park Collegiate