The papers published in the prescribed journals have gone through an extremely rigorous peer-review process, and therefore the information is very accurate. To be candidate for publication in these journal the findings must be novel and exciting. For these reasons, the prescribed journals have very high impact factors. Also, the articles published in these journals are concise, making it easy for our students to find information.Sometimes I insist on review papers because they summarize the work from dozens of other papers, so they address research questions in a more complete and comprehensive manner than individual empirical papers.Does the research info we cite be original to a paper?Ideally, yes. You must cite a paper only when you are using the findings from that paper (info in the results section) do not cite info from the Introduction as that’s background information and it could have come from a different source. Luckily, we are focusing our search on review papers, so it’s fair to cite a review paper for any information you find in it.Shortcut to find great articles from high-impact journals1.In Web of Science, do a topic search for coral reef. For question 3 above you can try ocean temperatureor ocean warming.2.To specify high-impact journals in Web of Science, click on “Source Titles” >> “more options…” and selectthe high impact journals from our list above, and click on “Refine”.3.To restrict your search to review articles select “Review” under “Document Type”.4.Sort the results by: “Times Cited – highest to lowest”. 5.Now you will be left with a handful of articles, and the first few in the list will have the answers to the guiding question. Download these articles, study them to use the information.[Make the arrive at the same literature results to ensure consistency and easy grading]Activity 1: Literature search, Reading, and Writing exercise Question 1: What are coral reefs? Briefly describe the biology of corals.Literature search: identify a few keywords based on the guiding question above, and perform an internet search to find information to answer it. Your source can be any online textbook, journal article, or any other credible agency (example: USDA, EPA, United Nations website, etc.).Keywords:[Coral Reefs] and [Biology] and [Evolution]
Lab 5 – Activity 2 Worksheet – 9 pointsReferences/Sources:Cortes, J. 1997. Biology and geology of eastern Pacific coral reefs. Coral Reefs 16:S39-S46.Information that you found from your research to help answer the above question:As noted, coral reefs of the eastern Pacific region grow under extreme environmental conditions. These reefs are small and structurally simple compared to other areas but have complicated biological interactions. Coral diversity is low and perturbances frequent and strong, resulting in slowrecovery of these reefs.
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