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ANSC 300 -Scientific Research Inquiry: Home

This course is an introduction to scientific research through lectures, discussions, and readings about the design of projects, the understanding of the scientific literature, and the ethics of research and publication as it relates to animal science. Stu


This guide was created in Sring 2021 for students in the ANSC 300 course. The tabs above provide guidance and resources for students working on this assignment.

Scientific Research Inquiry Assignment

For the Scientific Research Inquiry assignment, students will explore a range of topics including; scientific and technical writing, research design and hypothesis testing, and presenting relevant research to various audiences. (from the ANSC300 syllabus)

  • Analyze relevant animal science research in a given topic area.
  • Compose scientific research abstracts.
  • Reflect upon current literature in a given topic area.
  • Design appropriate objectives for a scientific study.
  • Adapt research methods to a variety of relevant scientific situations.
  • Develop and conduct a professional research presentation.

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What are Keywords?

Keywords are the words you use to search for anything online and they determine how successful your search is. If you're researching the links between poverty and obesity in children, for instance, the most important keywords would be: poverty, obesity, children. Database searches usually work better when you only enter 2-4 essential keywords than when you enter a complete sentence or question.

Here a couple of common problems you may run into and ways to fix them using keywords:

I'm getting too many results!

  • use keywords that are more specific (not as general)
  • add additional keywords to your search
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  • ‚Äčuse keywords that are less specific (more general)
  • remove keywords from your search
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