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NSP: Microbial Musings

Strategies & tips for locating resources for your research project.

Finding Sources for Your Research Assignment

Professors Crane and Evans require you to:

  • Write at least 8-10 double-spaced pages with 12-point standard font (such as Times New Roman)
  • Use one-inch margins
  • And in-text and matching end citation of sources following standard format (study and follow attached appendix.

Use at least one specific, documented/cited reference to each of the following sources; cumulatively a minimum of 10 citations and sources:

  • Observation from a class colleague – (orally or from their writing) Listen for what stands out each day and take careful notes: what intrigues, surprises, disturbs you, etc… and why). Remember to jot down the person’s name or, if you don’t know, a basic descriptor so your readers can recall and understand context; for example, “In class on February 12th, when we were discussing X, a classmate said/commented/asked, … ‘…’”. […]

  • At least one of your own journal entries (self-reference to an earlier observation or response)

  • Texts from sources examined in class (select at least 3 of the following):

    • ​​​​​Dr. Evans’s Microbiology lectures and/or handouts

    • Lab Reports: findings and/or handout

    • The Last Town on Earth (novel)

    • One (or more) of the readings on leprosy

    • One (or more) of the readings on syphilis

    • Contagion OR Miss Evers' Boys films

    • The Ghost Map (nonfiction)

  • Texts from sources you research and examine outside class: (at least one reference each from the following)

    • Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and/or National Institutes of Health (NIH) site pages

    • An UpToDate article

    • An article published by and for health care professionals in a peer-reviewed professional journal

    • Another narrative text of your choice: nonfiction, partly fictionalized, or fiction. These may include histories, novels, and films

  • (Optional) A relevant excerpt from personal interview/s of individuals

 It's always wise to collect more than what you think you will need. This is especially true if you have to rely on interlibrary loan (borrowing from other libraries) and don't have the book or full text article to consult immediately.

The information on this guide will help you to discover different types of resources.  Please ask your instructor or one of our librarians for help if you have difficulty using the sources or you just don't know what else to try!  We'd be very happy to work with you to discover the sources you need!

Infectious Diseases to Consider/Compare

anthrax botulism bubonic plague
cholera dengue diphtheria
ebola encephalitis gonorrhea
hepatitis herpes HIV/AIDS
influenza leprosy listeria
Lyme disease malaria measles
meningitis mumps pertussis
pneumonia polio rubella
SARS smallpox syphilis
tetanus tuberculosis typhoid
varicella (chicken pox) West Nile virus yellow fever
Zika virus