Klemow, Kenneth M. 1994. ECO-INFORMATICS: A LABORATORY EXERCISE TO INTRODUCE STUDENTS TO THE ECOLOGICAL LITERATURE. Contributed paper: Ecological Society of America meeting. Abstract: Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 75:112.
Laboratory exercises in ecology courses typically enable students to gain a hands-on appreciation for ecological principles through experiments or simulations. Few published exercises introduce students to the general nature of the ecological literature, or to the typical structure of a published article. To that end, a laboratory exercise was developed to acquaint students at Wilkes University with the ecological literature. Each student is given a package of instructions and data sheets. The instructions include a discussion of the general structure of the ecological literature, and describes the process by which an article is published in a peer-reviewed journal. In the laboratory, each student is provided with representative literature, including issues of Ecology and Science, a volume from the Annual Review series, a technical book, a set of abstracts from a past ESA meeting, and a newsletter from the ESA's Washington Office. The students then conduct a comparative examination of each item as directed by the instructions, and record their observations on the data sheets.
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