INFORMATION LITERACY ASSIGNMENT

Overview

It is critical that you are able to ascertain whether nutrition claims that you read/hear in the popular press are backed up by high-quality, peer-reviewed literature. In this assignment, you will find a nutrition claim that interests you and then conduct a literature search to identify 2 peer-reviewed primary research papers (not reviews) describing studies that have been done to assess the validity of the claim. You will also need to determine what type of study design was used (epidemiologic vs. intervention) for each study.

Dr. Betty Galbraith’s online lecture thought you all about how to use the WSU library system to find peer-reviewed papers related to your diet and health claim (as well as other topics you might have interests in).

What to Turn In (THESE MUST BE STAPLED TOGETHER IN THIS ORDER WITH YOUR NAME AND STUDENT ID NUMBER ON EACH PAGE)
• Completed worksheet found on page 2 of this handout; THIS SHOULD BE THE TOP PAPER IN THE STACK!
• Copy of entire 1st page of each of the 2 peer-reviewed articles (not just the abstracts from PubMed!) pertinent to your chosen diet and health claim; highlight the name of the corresponding author and his/her mailing address

Due Date: 29th, in Class

Maximal Points: 25 points

Late Assignment Policy: Late assignments will not be accepted.

If you cannot find 2 peer-reviewed research papers concerning your nutrition claim, please find another nutrition claim with which to complete this assignment. And…you can assume that the initial claim is unsubstantiated by scientific inquiry!

Name:
Student ID:

INFORMATION LITERACY ASSIGNMENT
Biology 140
Fall 2018

Basic “gist” of nutrition claim (e.g., eating cranberries decreases risk for urinary tract infections):

Using 2 peer-reviewed articles obtained from your literature search, please complete the following table.

Name of primary (corresponding) author and his/her affiliation (where he/she works) Type of Study (circle the correct type) Does research support claim?

Paper #1

Corresponding author:

Affiliation:

Objective (s):

epidemiologic / intervention

Yes / No

Paper #2

Corresponding:

Affiliation:

Objective (s):

epidemiologic / intervention

Yes / No

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