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Macdonald DeWitt Library at SUNY Ulster

BIO109-S01 Human Biology: Find Articles

Helpful links to complete the BIO109-S01 final project

Your assignment

1. Find an article about a content topic from a well-known source about a covered content topic that interests, irks, astounds, appalls, and/or amazes you (link suggestions will be provided throughout the class and in a list below. The internet is vast so there may be another source you find BUT it must be approved by Prof. Decker first). ARTICLES MUST BE APPROVED BY PROF. DECKER FIRST so we keep in tune with the course.
2. Write a 500 word summary of the article in laymen’s terms (so we can all understand what it’s discussing. That’s the objective of the course after all.). Make sure to include the following:

  • Summarize what the article is about.
  • Explain why you chose this article. What is your reaction to the content of the article? Why did it catch your attention? Do you agree/disagree with its premise? How will this affect you, your family, and/or the world?
  • Ask a question (or two or three!) about the article. In other words, what else did it make you ask yourself about it? Where else should the research go? How do you think this will affect the next generation? Etc etc.

3. Post your summary WITH A LINK TO THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE (so we all can read it) to the class on the site.
4. Comment to 1 of your classmates articles and respond to 1 of your classmates comments (the comments do not have to be to your particular article)

Articles - Keep it simple!

Newspapers often report on what's happening in the scientific community. Their overview of emerging research puts scientific literature in context with what's happening in the world. 


To find a readable article, look at magazines and newspapers.

Research studies are usually meant for professionals or serious researchers. Avoid articles with headings like Research Methods, Participants, Results, etc.

A literature review summarizes current research in a specific area and is an easy way to get a sense of what's happening in a given field.