Project #94601 - Review paper on a published research

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Review the faculty member’s work citing 3 or 4 primary research articles written in the past 10 years.  These need NOT be the most recent papers. The professor will normally be the primary author (first author listed on the paper) or the senior author (last author listed on the paper).  The professor may also be a co-author who has contributed equally to the work and is listed as the second author on the paper.  If unsure, please check with me.  The work may have been done prior to the Professor coming to York. 

 

The review article should not be a collection of summaries.  Present your information selectively (i.e. do not discuss all the results contained in each paper or provide detailed methodology).  You need to show the connections between the ideas of the different studies and integrate the findings into a broader picture of the professor’s research.  Try to find a common research theme in the professor’s work and consider the following when writing the review:  what type of research does the professor conduct, what are the research questions, why is the topic important, what methodologies are used, what findings have resulted from this research, what are the implications and significance of this work, what has been the impact of this research on the professor’s field of study?  The review should reflect your understanding of the work and its significance in the field of study.  Include citations within the text so that the reader knows exactly what paper you are referring to.  Citations need to be placed strategically and not after every sentence. 

 

You may select additional papers written by others to demonstrate the impact of the faculty member's work or to place the faculty member's work into context.  You may make reference to a review article (written by the professor whose work you are reviewing or written by someone else). 

 

You might receive some insight or guidance from the seminar that the faculty member gives to the class, however within the body of the paper citing the presenter’s seminar is unacceptable.  As this is a review, you are not testing a hypothesis; however, a generally worded thesis statement is suitable for inclusion in your Abstract and/or Introduction.

 

 

Your paper should be written clearly and in your own words so that any 3rd or 4th year Biology student can read and understand your paper.  You may include a figure if you wish but this is not required.

 

Printed Material for you to refer to:  Chapter 5 of the text (McMillan), Writing a Review Paper. That chapter concludes with an abbreviated example of a review paper.  Most research papers are available online.  If not, please contact the professor and request a PDF copy.   

 

 

Organization:  

a)    Title Page:  your name and student number, date, title of the review, and word count.

b)    Abstract:  A single paragraph of fewer than 150 words that describes the intention of the review, the name of the Professor whose work you are reviewing, the title and reference of the 3-4 papers you have selected to review.

c)     Introduction:  this sections describes the professor’s research interests, provides pertinent background and context to understand the research questions being addressed, and briefly explains why the research topic represents a significant or important area for study.

d)    Body:  not labelled as such but containing sub-headings.  This is where you summarize the findings reported in the different studies, identify common themes, show the connections between the ideas of the different studies, identify similarities and differences between the studies, integrate the findings into a broader picture of the professor’s research, discuss significance and impact of the work.  How you structure the Body will depend on the nature of the papers you select and on your writing preference.  For example, you might want to summarize each paper separately (in one or two paragraphs).  You might want to discuss the common themes and the connections that link the papers in a separate section.  You might want to discuss the significance and impact of each paper separately or you might want to discuss the collective significance and impact of the 3-4 papers. 

e)    Conclusion:  summarizes the main findings of the review.

f)     References:  Please include citations in the text and list alphabetically all references cited in the References section at the end of your Review paper.  References should include only articles that are published or in press.  For citations, use Author last name and year (e.g. Lau and Cheung, 2011; Sykes et al., 2006). For references, please use the following style: 

 

Lau, P.N., and Cheung, P. (2011). Histone code pathway involving H3 S28 phosphorylation and K27 acetylation activates transcription and antagonizes polycomb silencing.  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U S A 108, 2801-2806.    >> **This is the article and the professor is Peter Cheung (listed second) **

 

Length:  About 5 pages of text (1300 words), not including the Title Page, Abstract and References.  Please stay within a range of 1250-1350 words and include the word count (excluding the Title Page, Abstract and References) at the bottom of the Title Page.

 

 

Page Format:  Text, left justification, double-spaced with 1.0” margin all around.  Use a 12 point font (Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri).  Pages must be numbered.  Please include citations in the text and list all references cited in the References section at the end of the review. 

 

 

Submission:  Please bring the paper to the reception desk in the Biology Office in Farquharson, Room 247 and place in my mail box.  The last day to submit the paper is on Monday, December 7, 2015 at 4 pm.   You are welcome to submit earlier.  Papers submitted after the due date will receive a 0 mark.  There will be no exceptions.  There will be no medical exemptions for late submission (unless you document a long-term illness) since you have such a substantial period of time to prepare the paper.  

 

 

Evaluation:  The paper will be evaluated on the basis of scientific content (15 marks) and style (10 marks).  Please refer to the rubric for the marking scheme.

 

Scientific content includes:  identification of key research questions, critical understanding of the material, main findings, showing the connections between the ideas of the different studies, and understanding of significance of the research.

 

Style includes:  clarity, coherent organization and flow, proper grammar, sentence and paragraph structure, no typos or spelling errors, proper page formatting, inclusion of citations within the text, references correctly formatted, and length of the report.

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Due By (Pacific Time) 12/03/2015 12:00 am
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