Biology Assignments at UBC

A note below, from Katherine Miller about BIOL assignments at UBC:

Dear Colleagues,

Thanks everyone in advance for your support of our biology undergraduates.

We are starting to see BIOL 140 and BIOL 200 students at our Woodward Reference Desk in and we anticipate they will be visiting AskAway soon too!

The BIOL 140 assignment this term is on salt water/marine organisms. Students are looking for information on their organism, its habitat and abiotic factors that affect its growth, survival, reproduction, and behaviour. A good place to start is the course page We list recommended databases (the core database is Zoological Record) and suggest student try a search for the common and scientific names for the organism – narrowed by terms such as habitat OR ecology. If a student is not finding very much information about their specific species such as Gnorimosphaeroma oregonensis, try a broader search for the genus Gnorimosphaeroma.

The BIOL 200 assignment asks the students to research controversial topics in cell biology. They are asked to formulate their own opinion and argue either for or against the topic (not both), based on scientific research. There is a course page at: The students need to find a primary research article, a popular article and a review article. The core database for this assignment is Biosis Previews. A search of their topic narrowed by the search term cell* gets to the most useful information.

Please let me know if you have any questions! Thanks!

Kind regards,
Katherine Miller, MLIS
 Reference Librarian
Undergraduate Programs in Biology, Forestry, Land & Food Systems
Woodward Library University of British Columbia