In addition to the rubrics made available to you, your descriptive research may also benefit from imitating other key aspects of other high-quality descriptive investigations. The links below form a sort of digital library in which Dr. Merritt has attempted to include only high-quality descriptive investigations for your perusal.
If/Whenever possible, he has included investigations authored by students involved in various levels of formal schooling. The collection of investigations published by professional scientists in peer-reviewed journals, however, remains the ultimate ‘target’ toward which all science students should aim.
STUDENT SCIENTISTS (elementary school)
STUDENT SCIENTISTS (middle school)
- Keegan, NL (2019). “Children who say hand dryers ‘hurt my ears’ are correct: A real-world study examining the loudness of automated hand dryers in public places.” Paediatrics & Child Health, pp. 1–6. [Note: this report combines both descriptive AND comparative methods]
- You can learn more about 13-year-old Nora Keegan’s scientific study in this 2019 NYTimes article.
STUDENT SCIENTISTS (high school)
- Doe, J. (2004). “Examination of Protozoan Cultures to Determine Cellular Structure and Motion Pattern.” A sample descriptive (biology) lab report provided by NC State University’s LabWrite project. [Note: this report combines both descriptive AND comparative methods]
- Doe, J. (2004). “Determination of Specific Nutrients in Various Foods.” A sample descriptive (chemistry) lab report provided by NC State University’s LabWrite project. [Note: this report combines both descriptive AND comparative methods]
STUDENT SCIENTISTS (undergraduate)
STUDENT SCIENTISTS (graduate)
- Furusaka S, Kozakai C, Nemoto Y, Umemura Y, Naganuma T, Yamazaki K, Koike S (2017). “The selection by the Asiatic black bear (Urses thibetanus) of spring plant food items according to their nutritional values.” ZooKeys 672: 121–133.
- Duwal RK, Yasunaga T, Hirowatari T (2017). “First record of Biromiris from the Oriental region, with a new species from Philippines (Hemiptera, Heteroptera, Miridae, Phylinae).” ZooKeys 677: 89–95.
- Chang L-X, Ren G-D (2017). “Two new Oriental species of Eumorphus Weber (Coleoptera, Endomychidae).” ZooKeys 677: 1–9.
- Shaverdo H, Wild M, Sumoked B, Balke M (2017). “Six new species of the genus Exocelina Broun, 1886 from Wano Land, New Guinea (Coleoptera, Dytiscidae, Copelatinae).” ZooKeys 665: 93–120.
- Guayasamin JM, Cisneros-Heredia DF, Maynard RJ, Lynch RL, Culebras J, Hamilton PS (2017). “A marvelous new glassfrog (Centrolenidae, Hyalinobatrachium) from Amazonian Ecuador.” ZooKeys 673: 1–20.
- Graham SP, Kline R, Steen DA, Kelehear C (2018). “Description of an extant salamander from the Gulf Coastal Plain of North America: The Reticulated Siren, Siren reticulata.” PLoS ONE 13(12): ePub (16 pages).
- García-Alzate CA, Urbano-Bonilla A, Taphorn DC (2017). “A new species of Hyphessobrycon (Characiformes, Characidae) from the upper Guaviare River, Orinoco River Basin, Colombia.” ZooKeys 668: 123–138.
- Sui J, Li X (2017). “A new species of Phyllocomus Grube, 1878 from the Yellow Sea, China (Annelida, Ampharetidae).” ZooKeys 676: 13–19.
- Lewis, GP, Siqueira GS, Banks, H, Bruneau, A (2017). “The majestic canopy-emergent genus Dinizia (Leguminosae: Caesalpinioideae), including a new species endemic to the Brazilian state of Espírito Santo.” Kew Bulletin 72: 47-58.
Last updated: July 2019