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BiSc 102. ECOLOGY ASSIGNMENT: LIBRARY TUTORIAL Instructor: Dr. Ivona Mladenovic TA: Howie Lai Shane Plante, Librarian Fall 2009. Tutorial Outline. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species The research process Popular vs scholarly publications

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bisc 102
BiSc 102


Instructor: Dr. Ivona Mladenovic

TA: Howie Lai

Shane Plante, Librarian

Fall 2009

tutorial outline
Tutorial Outline
  • The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
  • The research process
  • Popular vs scholarly publications
  • Using databases to find scholarly information
  • Practice time
bisc 102 library research guide in webct
BiSc 102 Library Research Guide in WebCT

Link to BiSc 102 Library Research Guide for this assignment

posters see webct
Posters – see: WebCT

Sample posters

Creating posters

iucn red list http www iucnredlist org
IUCN Red List <>

Search box

Sample search: Manatee

iucn red list results page
IUCN Red List: results page

The species I have chosen:

Trichechus manatus

(West Indian Manatee) Status: Vulnerable   C1   ver 3.1 Pop. trend: decreasing

trichechus manatus entry
Trichechus manatus entry
  • Taxonomy
  • Assessment Information
  • Geographic Range
  • Population
  • Habitat and Ecology
  • Threats
  • Conservation Actions

Scientific name:

Trichechus manatus

your species
Your species
  • Note: It will be easier to find information on your species if you choose an organism that has been studied by researchers extensively.
    • This may seem obvious, but it’s worth considering before you commit to creating a poster on the Ochre-rumped Antbird.
  • Try searching in the IUCN Red List now.
research process
Research Process

Identify the research topic:

Endangered or vulnerable species:


research process1
Research Process

Some aspects of your species:

  • Ecology
  • Habitat
  • Conservation actions
research process2
Research Process

Identify the terms:

  • manatee
  • conservation
research process3
Research Process

Identify the related terms

  • Manatee: Trichechus manatus
  • Conservation: conserve, preserve
searching tools
Searching tools
  • OR
  • AND
  • Truncation *
combining terms tools
Combining terms & tools

Trichechus manatus


conserv* OR preserv*

popular vs scholarly publications
Popular vs. scholarly publications
  • For your poster, you will need to find scholarly publications with articles on your species
  • Also: you shouldn’t be using Wikipedia as a source
  • What are the differences between popular and scholarly publications?
popular publications
Popular publications
  • Informs or entertains
  • Sells products
  • Aimed at general public
  • Contains graphics, photos, illustrations
  • Rarely cites other sources
  • Simple, non-technical language
scholarly publications
Scholarly publications
  • Reports on original research
  • Audience includes academics, researchers, professionals
  • Often contains charts, graphs and tables
  • Always cites sources
background information books
Background information (books)
  • For background information on your species, try looking in reference books (e.g., encyclopedias), books about your species (warning: there might not be any), and books on a broader topic (e.g., Endangered species)
  • There are suggestions for finding useful books in the BiSc 102 (@ Surrey) research guide in your WebCT.
article indexes and databases
Article Indexes and Databases
  • Biosis Previews
  • Biological and Agricultural Index Plus
  • Web of Science
  • Zoological Record
biosis previews
Biosis Previews

Trichechus manatus conserv*

biosis previews results
Biosis Previews: results

Where can I get this? link:

Use this link to search for a full-text version of the article

where can i get this link
“Where can I get this?” link

SFU Library has a full-text online version of this article in Cambridge Journals Online. Click on the red link to get to the article.

biosis previews1
Biosis Previews
  • Let’s spend a bit of time searching in Biosis Previews for articles on species you found using the IUCN Red List
ask us
Ask Us
  • Questions?
  • If you want help with your research, we’re happy to help.
    • Visit the reference desk
    • Call the desk (604.782.7414)
    • AskAway (IM chat reference)