Klemow, K.M. 1994. BIOINFORMATICS: A LABOATORY EXERCISE TO INTRODUCE INTRODUCTORY-LEVEL SCIENCE STUDENTS TO THE SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE. Contributed paper: Pennsylvania Academy of Science meeting. Abstract: Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science 67:183.
Laboratory exercises in freshman-level biology courses typically enable students to gain a hands-on appreciation for key principles of sub-organismal and organismal biology. Few published exercises introduce students to the general nature of the scientific literature, or to the typical structure of a published article. To that end, a laboratory exercise entitled "Bioinformatics" was developed to acquaint students enrolled in the Principles of Modern Biology course at Wilkes University with the biological literature. Each student is given a package of instructions and data sheets. The instructions include a discussion of the general structure of the biological 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 meeting, and a professional-society newsletter. 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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