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SA 2218 - Animal Training and Enrichment (Fortier)

How to search for appropriate enrichment sources for Dr. Fortier's assignment


Your enrichment proposal is the largest single component of your laboratory grade.  Attached below is a very general outline of what should take place during your 20-30 minute presentation. It is similar to what you’ve seen and heard presented earlier in the course.

There are three basic parts – Introduction, Goals, and Predictions/Assessment.

The fourth component, Bibliography, is straightforward and should require no further explanation.

Characteristics of a scientific/peer-reviewed article

Your professor expects you to use the scientific or peer-reviewed journal literature to support the ideas presented in your seminar.  Here's a quick overview of how to identify these journal articles.

  • written by the scientist(s) who actually did the research
  • follows a specific format with abstract, introduction, materials & methods, results, conclusions and references 
  • contain language that assumes reader has a background in the discipline covered
  • published articles which have been evaluated by experts (peer-reviewed) (Tip:  Look for a statement about when the article was accepted for publication. Most peer-reviewed articles will include one.)
  • may include review articles**, overviews of current and past research, usually an excellent introduction to your topic

If the article is NOT written by the person or group who did the research, it is NOT a peer-reviewed or scientific article.  Don't be misled by journal titles like Scientific American or Bioscience.  They are great magazines but they don't publish original research.