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Makeup – Mammalian Anatomy

Introduction to Biological Investigations

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The purpose of the Mammalian Anatomy lab exercise is to (re) familiarize you with the Anatomy and Physiology of the mammalian body. For your makeup assignment, you will choose one of the options of a disease of the human body, research it using reliable literature and write an essay about this disease.


1. Pick one of the diseases listed at the very bottom. These are mostly diseases that involve other organisms rather than caused by life-style changes, which fits with the theme of this semester.

2. Research this topic using at least two reliable sources. At least one of your sources should be a scientific primary research article. Other acceptable sources include secondary sources such as articles from the science section of the newspaper and popular scientific journals such as National Geographic, Discover, Science News, New Scientist, Scientific American…), textbooks, or reliable internet sites such as those ending with .edu, and possibly .org, or .gov. You can get scientific articles from the library or through the University library online site at http://library.albany.edu/, where many biological journals are available in electronic format. Alternatively, you can look for available scientific publications through Google Scholar. Do NOT use Wikipedia or places like WebMD as sources, unless it is to find primary sources. See below for links to search engines you can use to find primary literature.

3. Write a two-page essay on this disease following these instructions

a) Give a concise but thorough description of the disease including causes and symptoms, where and how frequently it occurs and potential treatments. Include anything else you find worth mentioning.

b) Provide at least one picture or graph. Provide the web address underneath indicating where it came from.

c) Use proper in-text citations for the information you are using

d) Use no more than 11 point font, 1.5 point spaced, 1 inch margins.

e) Make sure you check spelling and grammar

f) Do NOT copy verbatim from your sources! Also do not copy from the material available in this course. It is considered plagiarism and will result in a loss of points! Rephrase and use proper in-text citations (check Blackboard for information on citing)

g) Include a reference section (Check Blackboard/lab manual Appendix on how to properly reference articles)

h) Grading will be on the quality of your essay (followed instructions, is clear and through and well written) and appropriate use of sources

Please follow these instructions or you will not receive full credit. Have fun!

 Suggestions for finding scholarly sources:

Any of these databases should give you useful sources provided your search terms are appropriate. Note that all these databases should give you access to abstracts, but may not have the full text available. Many databases will refer you to additional links or icons on the side where you may find the full article. Note that scholarly articles can include primary articles (research papers) as well as secondary articles (review articles).

1) Click the database you want to you which navigates you to the database website

2) Type in your key search terms and see what comes up. As with Google, search terms are critical in determining what you pull up, so choose your search criteria carefully. All databases are slightly different, but they all have common features in that they give you title, journal information, author, date of publication. Some offer a short description of the articles. There usually is a button that allows you to download a full text version in html or pdf format. Make sure the article you chose is available in full text. Not all articles are! Read the abstract to see if it is relevant-don’t just download the first available. Choosing judiciously will save you time and aggravation in the long run. Journal titles or article titles that have the word “review” in it are secondary sources. Primary sources (research articles) usually are separated into Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion, typical for a primary research articles.

https://search.library.albany.edu/discovery/search?vid=01SUNY_ALB:01SUNY_ALB . University database. Enter your search terms in the box. The expandable boxes on the left will let you filter for availability and resource type.
https://scholar.google.com/ Google Scholar
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/ PubMed
https://worldwidescience.org/ Global Science Gateway

https://www.science.gov/ This search engine pulls from more than 60 databases world wide

Suggestions for reputable popular sources (mostly secondary information):

Some need subscriptions for extensive access. 





Topics to choose from:

1. Measles
2. Chickenpox
3. Influenza
4. Diphtheria
5. Ebola hemorrhagic fever
6. SARS – CoV-2
8. Swine Flu
9. Avian Flu
10. HPV
11. Hepatitis
12. AIDS
13. Meningococcal Diseases
14. Norovirus
15. Rotavirus
16. Poliomyelitis
17. Nipah Virus infection
18. Smallpox
19. Pneumococcal Disease
20. Rubella
21. MERS
22. Whooping Cough
23. Shingles
24. Chlonorchiasis
25. Aspergillosis
26. Histoplasmosis
27. Tetanus
28. Zika disease
29. Tuberculosis
30. Malaria
31. Gonorrhoea
32. Hepatitis B
33. Jacob Creutzfeldt Disease
34. Celiac Disease
35. Dengue
36. Tetanus
37. Filariasis
38. Ringworm
39. Typhoid Fever
40. Lyme Disease
41. Asthma
42. Cholera
43. Athlete’s Foot
44. Salmonellosis
45. Bubonic Plague
46. Chagas Disease
47. Sleeping sickness
48. Rabies
49. Syphilis
50. Giardiasis
51. Toxoplasmosis
52. Leishmaniasis
53. Mumps
54. Common cold
55. Dracunculiaris

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