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Invasive Species

Invasive Species, also called introduced species, alien species, or exotic species,  any nonnative species that significantly modifies or disrupts the ecosystems it colonizes. Such species may arrive in new areas through natural migration, but they are often introduced by the activities of other species. Human activities, such as those involved in global commerce and the pet trade, are considered to be the most common ways invasive plantsanimals, microbes, and other organisms are transported to new habitats.

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â–ºThis course guide serves as a research starting point for students enrolled in BIO 376. This guide not intended to be comprehensive, but contains information on selected resources in the Centre College Library, as well as links to materials that are available elsewhere.

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Primary Sources

Primary sources are your evidence to support your claims, thesis or hypothesis.

-A historian might claim, "During World War II, private citizens were encouraged to demonstrate their patriotism by cultivating Victory Gardens."

-A political scientist might claim, "Early voting opportunities positively impact voter turn-out."

-A scientist might hypothesize, "Micro-plastics negatively impact human health by increasing inflammatory response in key organs."

If they make these claims, critical thinkers expect them to provide evidence to back them up.

-The historian would need, perhaps, a government pamphlet, distributed during World War II, that linked patriotism and Victory Gardens.

-The political scientist would need statistics comparing voter turn-out in a region when early voting is and is not available.

-The scientist would need data gathered from an experiment demonstrating how micro-plastics impact the inflammatory response.

Pamphlets, statistics gathered through surveys or observation, and experimental data are all types of primary sources for various disciplines.

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Literature Review

What is a literature review? A guide or an overview to a particular topic. Literature Reviews collect the most relevant and significant publications in order to provide a comprehensive look at what has been said on a topic and who has said it. 


The Value of Literature Reviews

   Traces- the progression of a topic or field

   Evaluates- the sources and advise on most pertinent and relevant information

   Reflects- upon the importance of the literature on current or future research


How does one write a literature view?

  • Research a topic
  • Focus on aspects from your sources that connect
  • Find common themes among all sources
  • Summarize and synthesize the themes, arguments, data, and ideas from the sources
  • Use your own words to convey your organizing principles