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On specified dates, students are required to send me the link to a current journal article (peer-reviewed) that relates to Earth Science. The date of the article should be within the last 60 days when you submit it. Finding an article within this time-frame is actually quite easy. Your specific due date is listed below (based on your last name).

A peer-reviewed article is one that has been read by other professionals in the field (peers) prior to being published. These articles generally cover original research-- particular features or relationships in nature that have never been studied before.

A scientific peer-reviewed article is set up like a science fair project. They tell you how they will be doing the research, what they expect to find, what methods they will use and then they discuss the results. This is how the field of science works. If someone does scientific research and they don't publish it in a peer-reviewed journal, then it doesn't count- it doesn't become part of the scientific record.

Do not send the following:

      newspaper articles
      magazine articles
      book reviews
      news articles about scientific research

After I have received the link to a peer-reviewed journal article via e-mail, I will send a message back to you within 24 hours saying that the article does or does not qualify. Once you have sent a bonafide journal article, you will need to do the following within about two weeks:

Write five sentences about your article (in your own words) and submit these five sentences to me via e-mail. Here's the catch - each sentence is limited to 15 words or less. You need to capture the essence of the article in five sentences. If you need to skip words to do this, no worries - I won't be grading you on grammar. But it should be readable and not just a list of keywords. And don't quote the article. This needs to be your own writing. Be sure to include the location of the research, their methods, their results and their conclusions.

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Each student will need to do this twice during the semester-- 25 points for each. Following all of the instructions below will help you get all 25 points.

The SC4 library website will help you.

When submitting your article, you will need to send me (via e-mail):

      the full article title
      the journal title
      the date of publication
      the link to the article

      Please, no attachments.

You will need to send me the source via e-mail ( Please do not send it through Canvas. Also, please do not e-mail the article from the article website. Go into your own e-mail account to send it (SC4 e-mail or other). Place your last name in the subject line of your e-mail along with the word "article" like this:

HUNCKLER ARTICLE (use your last name instead of mine)

Your goal is to show us something that is out of the ordinary-- something that isn't normally seen in the daily news.

It may take you an hour to find an article. It may take you an hour or two to write the five sentences. Be mentally prepared to take your time with this assignment. It won’t happen quickly.

If you submit the article late, points will be deducted (0.2 points per day-- including weekends). If you do not submit your five sentences on time, points will be deducted (0.5 points per day). If you don't follow all of the instructions when you e-mail your article to me, points will be deducted (varies). I'm happy to look it over in advance if you want.

I will always respond when you send me an article via e-mail. If 24 hours have passed and you have not received a response, then try it again or call me (810-989-5750).

Please let me know if you need help.

Here are the due dates based on the first letter of your last name. You will each have two sets of due dates.

    Article #1

    (due date for submission of the article and due date for 5 sentences)

      A through F - September 14 and September 28, 2020
      G through L - September 21 and October 5, 2020
      M through R - September 28 and October 12, 2020
      S through Z - October 5 and October 19, 2020

    Article #2

      A through F - October 19 and November 2, 2020
      G through L - October 26 and November 9, 2020
      M through R - November 9 and November 23, 2020
      S through Z - November 16 and December 2, 2020 (two extra days because of Thanksgiving)

Click below for hints on using the SC4 eSearch page to find journal articles that will qualify for this assignment.

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