I didn't receive an assignment e-mail.
Double-check your bCourses Inbox. The message was sent on the day a librarian came to your section to talk about the assignment, and the subject line is "Bio 1B Library Assignment" followed by the set number.
If a thorough search of your bCourses messages does not turn up the assignment e-mail, please contact Elliott Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
I created a user name in the wrong format. What should I do?
You will need to create a second account with a properly formatted username:
When I try to register or access my course I receive a "500 edX Internal Server Error" message.
When I try to register with a username in the format required by the assignment, I get an error message that underscores are not allowed in usernames.
You need to access the registration link by clicking on the link in the e-mail you received from us about the assignment, not simply by going to edX.org or edge.edX.org.
When I click into the assignment, the questions are formatted oddly and/or I can't check my answers.
Try using a different browser; Firefox or Chrome work best with edX Edge.
I was able to log in once, but I am unable to log in again.
You probably did not activate your account. To activate your account:
Once you have done so, you should be able to log back in.
When I click on the BIOSIS Previews link in the Library Assignment I get a "System Error" message
This happens when you have an expired cookie. Clear your browser cache, cookies and history until before the last time you accessed BIOSIS Previews from the assignment link. Close the browser, reopen it, log back in to the assignment, and see if the link now works.
If the link still doesn't work, access BIOSIS using a different browser (Safari or Firefox if you've been using Chrome, for example). Firefox and Chrome are free downloads.
You can also click the BIOSIS Previews link located on the Bioscience Library home page under Electronic Resources > Databases > BIOSIS Previews.
When I click on "start a new session" I'm taken to All Databases, not BIOSIS Previews.
Go to the "Select a Database" tab above the search boxes and click on BIOSIS Previews. Be sure you're searching in BIOSIS Previews and not All Databases.
What is the difference between peer review and a literature review?
Please see the Bio 1B Library Help Guide:
Why shouldn't common words such as effect, role, impact, etc., be included as search terms?
These common words occur in almost every scientific article. Including them won't narrow down your search to the articles that are most relevant to your topic.
Why are my truncated search terms being marked as incorrect?
Be sure that you've included the wildcard symbol—in BIOSIS Previews, an asterisk: *—after the last common letter in all the different forms of each search term. See the example in the Bio 1B Library Help Guide: Truncation.
Why must my citation elements follow a specific format?
Citation styles differ from one another in many small details of formatting. Be sure that the format and punctuation of each element of the citation follows the example in the Bio 1B Library Help Guide: Citing Articles.
If you have carefully checked the formatting of your citation elements against the examples and you still can't spot a problem:
Why is my citation being marked as incorrect?
Make sure that you've kept the formatting and punctuation of the elements from Question 3a intact when you created the citation in Question 3b. Then check to make sure that you have the proper spacing between the elements.
If you have carefully checked the formatting of your citation against the example and you still can't spot a problem:
Why is my DOI being marked as incorrect?
This may indicate that you have the wrong article:
If you have carefully checked that you have properly searched the author index, that you are in BIOSIS Previews, and that you have limited your search results to articles, it may be that a new article for your author has been added to BIOSIS Previews within the past day or two. If the publication date for the most recent article is within the past month, try the second most recent article.
Why is the publication year of the first reference being marked as incorrect?
If the DOI in Question 4a is correct, you have the right article. Double-check to make sure that you are using the very first entry in the reference list, and not the first citation as it occurs in the text of the article (they are often different).
Can a DOI be used to access the full text of articles?
If you have difficulty accessing an article via UC-eLinks or a DOI, or have other questions about Question 4:
Why are we searching on fewer keywords in the library catalog OskiCat than in an article database like BIOSIS Previews, even though we're searching on the same topic?
BIOSIS Previews records for articles generally include not only citation information, but an abstract (summary) of the article, plus additional indexing terms such as species and chemical names, major concepts, and miscellaneous descriptors. Our topic keywords can be matched in any of these areas.
Library catalog records do not include most of this additional information. Sometimes, but not always, catalog records include an item's table of contents, but otherwise our search terms are only matched in the citation information and broad subject headings. If we search on too many topic keywords, or topic keywords that are too specific, we risk excluding results that could be relevant.
If you have other questions about Question 5:
How can I check my score for the online course?
To check your score for the online course,
How can I check my score for the tutorial modules?
If you entered your own name, selected your lab instructor's name and section correctly, and saw the "Thank you for completing this module. Your information has successfully been sent to your GSI" message for each module, you will receive full credit.
If you suspect that you entered your own name or your lab instructor's name or section incorrectly for any module, or if you did not see the "thank you" message, you should contact Elliott Smith immediately at email@example.com.
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