Large Biology assignment at UBC

Hello AskAwayers, Thanks everyone in advance for your support with our biology undergraduates. We are starting to see BIOL 140 at our in-person desks and we anticipate they will be visiting AskAway soon too!

The BIOL 140 assignment this term is on saltwater (marine) organisms. Students are looking for information about their organism, its habitat and abiotic factors that affect its growth, survival, reproduction and behavior. A good place to start is the BIOL 140 course page: We recommend they use Zoological Record and suggest students try a search for the common and scientific names for the organism joined with terms such as habitat OR ecology OR behavior. 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.

As part of their assignment, the BIOL 140 students first review an online tutorial which covers the search fundamentals for finding books and articles. Their tutorial is open access, available here. There is also a live online workshop to help BIOL 140 students find the research literature: Wed Oct 15 from 7:00-8:00 PM. We are asking students to register on the BIOL 140 course page ( It will be recorded and available via their online tutorial.

Please let me know if you have any questions! Thanks! Kind regards, Katherine Miller, MLIS Liaison Librarian:  Faculty of Land & Food Systems, and Faculty of Science undergraduate programs: Biology, Botany, Microbiology & Immunology, Zoology Woodward Library, UBC