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BIOD20: Special Topics in Virology

This guide is for students in BIOD20 to help them locate topics and articles for their journal club assignment, as well as guidance on analyzing articles.

Learning Outcomes

Searching as Strategic Exploration

  • We will discuss the initial scope of the tasks required for the journal club assignment to meet your information needs. 
  • You will utilize divergent (e.g., brainstorming) and convergent (e.g., selecting the best source) thinking when searching for primary research articles on viruses. 
  • You will apply different types of searching language (e.g., controlled vocabulary, MeSH, keywords, natural language) appropriately. 

Scholarship as a Conversation

  • You will critically evaluate contributions made by others (specifically, research questions) in breakout room discussions. 

Assignment Overview

Literature Search

  • Peer-reviewed, primary journal articles on topics within virology (5 articles per group)
  • Cannot include review articles, editorials, etc. – only use these to inform your research
  • Published In the last 10 years.

Critical Evaluation

  • Read and critically evaluate articles in groups

Topic Brainstorm

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Key Resources

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Undergraduate Research & Creative Events & Prizes

The University of Toronto Scarborough is committed to fostering the undergraduate experience. As part of this commitment, the UTSC Office of the Vice-Principal Research and Innovation and the UTSC Library launched two successful initiatives in 2016 which continue to evolve and grow every year. Of particular note, we’re pleased to introduce a new creative project stream for our annual Forum.

Each initiative provides an opportunity for students who have excelled in research, scholarship and creative activities to showcase their work and win cash prizes.

More Information

UTSC Undergraduate Research & Creative Forum - Application deadline: February 17, 2022 11:59 PM EST

UTSC Undergraduate Research & Creative Prize - Application deadline: April 11, 2022 11:59 PM EST

Patricia and Peter Shannon Wilson Undergraduate Research Prize - Application deadline: April 17, 2022 11:59 PM EST

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