STEM Resources


Here you will find research specific links on the internet that correlate to the CREST STEM Collaborative course. These will be used in various capacities such as research, reference, calculations and so on. Below you will find the title of the websites, the corresponding link and a description of the websites purpose. These websites are not affiliated with the CREST program but are to be used as points of reference for the students and visitors. It is an ever growing collection of links to the vast array of information available on the internet in regards to scientific research.

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A detailed explanation on how to write a Data Analysis, Conclusion and Discussion for a STEM Research paper  Dec 5, 2013, 8:41 AM Phil Howardell
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A collection of lesson plans posted to support videos produced with NSF funding. Click on a headline to read the entire post.  Apr 3, 2013, 8:51 AM Unknown user
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NBC Learn, in collaboration with the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, explores the process of innovation. For related lesson plans by the National Science Teachers Association, open the video and click on "Lessons".  Apr 3, 2013, 8:50 AM Unknown user
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This document outlines the individual pieces of research and their sequential order for the inquiry process. The deadlines listed are for the Sustainability Fall 2012 courses and not for the STEM Collaborative Course.   Aug 27, 2012, 1:09 PM Marni Landry
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An effective poster is not just a standard research paper stuck to a board. A poster uses a different, visual grammar. It shows, not tells.  Aug 6, 2012, 10:42 AM Unknown user
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Common research & library tasks in short video tutorials and links to other help guides.  Aug 6, 2012, 9:12 AM Unknown user
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Journal articles can be challenging to read, but most contain many of the same components. Once you understand the structure of each article, understanding the content is much simpler.   Jan 4, 2013, 10:28 AM Phil Howardell
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Once you have located a research article on your topic, it helps to approach it with an understanding of how it is organized and what it is attempting to accomplish.  Aug 6, 2012, 9:32 AM Unknown user
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An interactive animation from Purdue University on how to read and assess a scientific journal.  Aug 6, 2012, 9:32 AM Unknown user
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Most journal-style scientific papers are subdivided into the following sections: Title, Authors and Affiliation, Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgments, and Literature Cited, which parallel the experimental process. This is the system we will use. This website describes the style, content, and format associated with each section.  Aug 6, 2012, 9:32 AM Unknown user
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When conducting research, scholars often rely on articles from scholarly journals rather than popular magazines. See the table below for a list of some differences that exist between these two types of resources.  Aug 6, 2012, 9:08 AM Unknown user
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Magazine, journal, periodical, and serial all mean roughly the same thing: publications that come out regularly three or four times a year or more. Professors want you to use journal articles for speeches, papers, and essays. Journal articles often cover topics not yet available in books, publish the research for a variety of disciplines, and are a record of the news of the day.  Aug 6, 2012, 9:08 AM Unknown user
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The aim of the Directory of Open Access Journals is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. In short a one stop shop for users to Open Access Journals.  Aug 6, 2012, 9:07 AM Unknown user
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Google's database to accessing research journal articles.  Aug 6, 2012, 9:07 AM Unknown user
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A quick descriptive powerpoint from Mrs. Landry describing solid source research methods.  Aug 6, 2012, 9:07 AM Unknown user
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Public Library of Science (PLOS) is a nonprofit publisher, membership, and advocacy organization with a mission to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication.  Aug 6, 2012, 9:07 AM Unknown user
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Scirus is the most comprehensive scientific research tool on the web. With over 460 million scientific items indexed at last count, it allows researchers to search for not only journal content but also scientists' homepages, courseware, pre-print server material, patents and institutional repository and website information.  Aug 6, 2012, 9:07 AM Unknown user
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Peer Reviewed - switching the handedness, or the chirality, of a molecule is of great importance in chemistry and biology, as molecules of different handedness exhibit dramatically different physiological properties and pharmacological effects. Here we experimentally demonstrate handedness switching in metamaterials, a new class of custom-designed composites with deep subwavelength building blocks, in response to external optical stimuli.  Aug 13, 2012, 9:16 AM Unknown user
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Guiding questions to respond to in clarifying how to interpret the message of a scientific journal article.  Aug 10, 2012, 9:32 AM Unknown user
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Publicly Published - A multi-institutional team of researchers that included scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has created the first artificial molecules whose chirality can be rapidly switched from a right-handed to a left-handed orientation with a beam of light.  Aug 13, 2012, 9:13 AM Unknown user
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Discourse is the process of engaging in intellectual conversation while engaging potentially controversial topics in a respectful and civil manner. At CREST, we see that it is up-mostly critical that our students be able to engage in discourse when speaking in or to groups while addressing topics that can be possibly controversial.  Aug 10, 2012, 9:26 AM Unknown user
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A rubric to help you breakdown how well a scientific article presents its message  Aug 10, 2012, 9:32 AM Unknown user
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Goal Setting Team building activity spreadsheet.  Aug 23, 2012, 9:05 AM Marni Landry
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From the National Academy of Engineering, these are the grand challenges presented that we face in our future  Aug 20, 2012, 4:57 PM Unknown user
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This section contains materials that examine professional responsibilities for the safety and well being of the public as well as of workers. Over time, the section has broadened to include materials that examine the role of engineers in ensuring the health and safety of the environment, including issues of social justice and sustainable development.  Aug 14, 2012, 9:27 AM Unknown user
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This video gives a brief overview of The Scientific Method, or more aptly titled: Explorative Research Step By Step.  Aug 13, 2012, 9:39 AM Unknown user
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Form to fill out as you meet your team so they can get to know you and to share contact information.  Aug 15, 2012, 12:35 PM Marni Landry
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A point by point list of the dos and dont's of keeping lab books either paper or electronic.  Aug 22, 2012, 9:48 AM Unknown user
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Assistance in formatting/writing an annotated bibliography.  Aug 29, 2012, 12:29 PM Marni Landry
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Questions to consider while choosing your problem  Aug 30, 2012, 1:12 PM Marni Landry
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Examples of several types of abstracts from research papers.  Sep 11, 2012, 1:23 PM Marni Landry
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Practically every undergraduate will have to write a scientific literature review at some point before earning her degree. If you go on to grad school, there is absolutely no way to avoid this less than thrilling task. The good news is that once you have completed one, the next one is much easier.  Aug 6, 2012, 9:19 AM Unknown user
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This is a PowerPoint from the Project Lead the Way program that describes and shows via pictures the proper way to structure a technical research laboratory notebook.  Aug 7, 2012, 11:25 AM Unknown user
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Template for writing a literature review  Aug 31, 2012, 1:39 PM Marni Landry
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Under U. S. law a patent is granted to the first to conceive the idea for the invention, not the first to apply for the patent. So a laboratory notebook is essential evidence of the date of conception.  Aug 1, 2012, 3:59 PM Unknown user
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Example of a research Grant Proposal  Sep 13, 2012, 9:57 AM Marni Landry
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The elements of a research proposal  Sep 13, 2012, 9:56 AM Marni Landry
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Simplified research proposal format  Sep 13, 2012, 10:08 AM Marni Landry
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Peer review rubric to grade research proposals.  Sep 27, 2012, 7:35 AM Marni Landry
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Another example of a formal paper with explanations of APA formatting.  Sep 24, 2012, 12:59 PM Marni Landry
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Citation machine helps students and professional researchers to properly credit the information that they use. Its primary goal is to make it so easy for student researchers to cite their information sources, that there is virtually no reason not to because SOMEDAY THE INFORMATION THAT SOMEONE ELSE WANTS TO USE... WILL BE YOURS!  Aug 6, 2012, 1:06 PM Unknown user
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Scientific papers generally follow a conventional format that includes a title, an abstract, a reference (or Literature Cited) section and the components of the IMRAD structure.  Aug 6, 2012, 11:00 AM Unknown user
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Group oral/ppt presentation grading rubric  Nov 15, 2012, 12:37 PM Marni Landry
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Instructions for personal reflection paper.  Nov 16, 2012, 6:34 AM Marni Landry
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Following is a research paper on the effectiveness of treatments for childhood obesity, written by Luisa Mirano, a student in a psychology class. Mirano’s assignment was to write a literature review paper documented with APA-style citations and references.  Aug 6, 2012, 1:07 PM Unknown user
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Here are some very successful sample abstracts from a range of different disciplines written by advanced undergraduate students. Notice that while all of them are strong, interesting, and convincing, each one was written at a different point in the project’s process.  Aug 6, 2012, 11:00 AM Unknown user