SBI 3C0 - Ms. Englehart's Class

Microbiology’s Most Wanted – Microbiology Unit Summative

The Assignment

The Situation:

WHO (the World Health Organization) is trying to put together a database for both good and bad organisms found around humans.

Your Job:

You are to research one of each type of organism (one virus, one bacteria, one protist and one fungi) we have studied during this unit and create a mini database for your organisms

The Tasks:

You must identify one species of virus, bacteria, protist and fungi.

KEY topics for each organism (Four in total):

Part One: Characteristics of the organism chosen (4 in total – 1 virus, 1 bacteria, 1 fungi, 1 protist)

· Scientific Name

· Common Name

· Taxonomic information (Domain à species)

· Where in the world is it found (countries and environment)

· Reproduction

· Labelled diagram of the organism

· If it is bad:

i. How is the disease contracted

ii. How is it prevented/treated

iii. What does the disease do to the body (symptoms)

iv. Is it deadly?

· If it is good:

i. What industries is it used in?

ii. How is it used?

iii. Does it affect the ecosystem?

iv. Could it become dangerous?

· Why does it belong to the kingdom

· For each organism explain how we know it belongs to the kingdom that scientists have assigned it (e.g. why does e. coli belong to the Eubacteria). This should be in paragraph format.

Hint: Think about where it lives, and how it belongs to GRAMMIC

Part Two: Comparison (1 in total)

· Choose two organisms that you researched and compare and contrast using a Venn Diagram or similar graphic organizer the similarities and differences between the two organisms

Bibliography of any resources (credible – no Wikipedia, no, etc.) you used.

· ALL of your sources are to be listed in APA format

· Inparagraph citations should be included to indicate where you got your information from.

Final Project: Your good copy can be in the form of a PowerPoint, report, scrapbook or any other form okayed by your teacher.

There is to be no cutting and pasting from websites

All information in the final project must be submitted to

DUE DATE: Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Research - Looking for Books in the Library Catalogue

The first place to start your research is by using the library catalogue. This is where you want to start your book search. You have two methods to find and use the catalogue:

  1. Go to the applications page and click on the "Library Catalogue - Louise Arbour"
  2. Go to the Library Learning Commons MyClass page and click on the Library Catalogue (You can access this one from home as well).

Once you are at the main page, enter the subject/keywords of the topic that you are searching for. Keep in mind that spelling is really important! If you spell the word that you are looking for incorrectly, the system will assume we do not have it. Try to keep your search fairly broad initially. For example, search for books on viruses, instead of a specific virus. You will find lots of options with that search! We may not have books for some of the topics that you are looking for, but this is a good place to start!

The Research - Searching The Databases

Sometimes books on your topic can be hard to find because your subject area might be really new or really specific. This is where databases will become your best friend! There are two ways to get to the databases:

  1. Go to the applications page and click on "Library Catalogue - Louise Arbour". Then click on Library eResources. Click on eResources. Click on Intermediate/Secondary. Then you will find all of our databases.
  2. Go to the Library Learning Commons MyClass page through your BYOD. Click on BYOD login. Click on MyClass (the green icon). Click on the Library Learning Commons MyClass icon. Click on databases from home. Then you will find all of our databases.

The Research - Which Databases to Look At For This Assignment

Once you have found the databases you will need to start searching for your topic. For this assignment, I would recommend starting at the following databases when conducting your research:

  • Britannica Online - The School Edition (good for a basic overview)
  • Explora
  • General Science Collection
  • Health and Wellness Resource Centre
  • Science in Context
  • Science Reference Centre

These databases are the ones that you should focus on as they are most relevant the topics that you are researching. All of the databases are great sources of information. They are better than a random search on a website because you can find a lot of information here that has been written by experts in the field. You should not have to use Google for any of your research for this assignment. The databases will have what you need to get your work done!

This is where your search can, and should, be more specific. Once your have selected which topic you are searching for, you may have to use some of the tools to the left to eliminate some of the articles. Some searches will yield thousands of results so being specific will be helpful.

Please keep in mind that you cannot click the links below to get to the databases. You will need to go to the Library Learning Commons MyClass page to get there or you can click on the secondary eResources link below.

Good Websites to Check Out!

For this assignment, we do not recommend doing a random Google search. However, there are some great science based websites that will be helpful for this assignment. Go to the links below to find more information about your topic!

Creating a Works Cited Page

No research would be complete without an accurately formatted Works Cited page. As this is a science based assignment, you will be using APA as your method for creating your citations. It is important to keep track of the information that you use as you go along with the creation of your assignment. Waiting until the very end could be a problem, especially if you can't remember where you got all of the information from.

On the Library Learning Commons MyClass page, under Class Resources, we have a number of tools that you can use to help you track your sources and create a proper works cited page. You can also use the databases to help you complete your works cited page by clicking on SourceIt. This database is Peel Board approved in terms of being a great tool to help you.

One of the easiest tools to use when creating a works cited page is Citation Machine. If you go , you can input your book, magazine, website, film or other resource and the citation will be created for you! Please keep in mind that if some parts of the citation are missing, you can easily fill them in using Citation Machine.

Finally, many of the databases create the citation for you! When you are in a database and you are looking at an article, look to the top or the left of the article to find a citation tools like (in some databases it will look like a check mark). If you click on that link and select APA formatting, the citation will be created for you and then you can copy and paste it into your works cited page.

When completing your works cited page, there are a few key things to remember:

  1. It should be in alphabetical by author's last name. If there is no author, then it should be in alphabetical order by whatever letter comes first in the citation.
  2. The second line should be indented. You can do this by pressing "Enter" and then "Tab".
  3. You do not have to number your citations.
  4. You do not have to put your list of citations into categories (i.e. books, magazines, websites, etc.).
  5. You should only include resources that you actually used in your research. If you looked at it, but did not use it, it should not be included in your works cited.


Works Cited

Atwood, M. (2003). Oryx and Crake. London: Bloomsbury.

Harris, J. (2002). Five quarters of an orange. Boston, MA: Harper.

Packer, A. (2003). The dive from Clausen's Pier. New York: Vintage Books. (2000-2006). Retrieved March 1, 2007, from

Westerfeld, S. (2005). Uglies. New York: Simon Pulse.