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SA 2218 - Animal Training and Enrichment (Fortier)

How to search for appropriate enrichment sources for Dr. Fortier's assignment

Instructions

Your enrichment proposal is the largest single component of your laboratory grade.  Attached below is a very general outline of what should take place during your 20-30 minute presentation. It is similar to what you’ve seen and heard presented earlier in the course.

There are three basic parts – Introduction, Goals, and Predictions/Assessment.

The fourth component, Bibliography, is straightforward and should require no further explanation.

Research Articles

Research articles are also often known as scientific or peer reviewed articles. If the article is NOT written by the person or group who did the research, it is NOT a peer-reviewed or scientific article. Research articles are important for knowing what new discoveries have been made. This is why it is important to use recent articles, since they will be the first things published on a new scientific development. 
 
Here's a quick overview of how to identify these journal articles:
  • written by the scientist(s) who actually did the research
  • follows a specific format 
    • abstract
    • introduction
    • materials & methods
    • results
    • conclusions
    • references 
  • assumes reader already knows background information about the topic has been evaluated by experts (peer-reviewed) 
  • Tip:  Look for a statement about when the article was accepted for publication. Most peer-reviewed articles will include one.
Example of a Research Article

 

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