I didn't receive an assignment e-mail.
Double-check your bSpace Messages Received folder. 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 bSpace messages does not turn up the assignment e-mail, please contact Elliott Smith at email@example.com
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. Double-check the e-mail account that you used to log in and look for a message from registration. Click on the link in the e-mail 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.
I don't understand the difference between peer review and a literature review.
Please see the Bio 1B Library Help Guide:
I've truncated my search terms correctly, but my answers are still getting 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.
I don't understand why my citation is being marked as incorrect.
Citation styles differ from one another in many small details of formatting. In order to get the citation marked as correct, for each element of the citation you must follow the example in the Bio 1B Library Help Guide: Citing Articles.
Here is the same citation formatted in three different scientific citation styles. Note the differences among the styles:
There are hundreds of different citation styles in the sciences. The citation style for this assignment is based on (but not identical to) the style of the journal Bioscience. The most common errors occur in:
If you have carefully checked the formatting of your citation against the examples for each element (author name(s), publication date, article title, journal name, issue, volume, and page numbers), and you still can't spot a problem:
I don't understand why my DOI is being marked as incorrect.
This may indicate that you have the wrong article:
There is no DOI in the BIOSIS Previews citation for the most recent article by the faculty member I searched on.
If the BIOSIS Previews article citation doesn't give a DOI, you may need to access the full text of the article using UC-eLinks to find the DOI. If you still don't see it, search within the journal's article page for the character string DOI.
The first book I found through my Google Books/OskiCat search is checked out or isn't on the shelf.
The first book doesn't have to be on the shelf. Once you have the first call number, you just need the call number for a second book that comes after the first one in call number order, and that is located in the same call number range in the Bioscience Library.
If you prefer, of course, you can try to choose another book from your Google Books search results that is currently on the shelves of the Bioscience Library as your first call number.
There was a gap on the shelf, and I'm not sure that the second book I found is the one that comes immediately after the first one in call number order.
The second book doesn't have to be the one that comes immediately after the first one in call number order. You simply want to find a book on the shelf that comes after the first book in call number order, and which is in the same call number range.
So if there's a gap where your first book would have been shelved, just take the next book on the shelf that comes after the first book in call number order. There is no single right answer; it will depend on what books are on the shelf that day.
When I clicked on the "Find in a library" link in Google Books, I got an error message: "The page you tried was not found. You may have used an outdated link or may have typed the address (URL) incorrectly."
If you see this message, click the Back button in your browser until you see your Google Books search results page again, and choose another book.
If you have other questions about Question 4:
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 and 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, you will receive full credit.
If you suspect that you entered your own name or your lab instructor's name or section incorrectly, or if you did not see the "thank you" message, you should contact Elliott Smith immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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