What are Microbes: History, Laboratory Safety, and How Do We Tell Microbes Apart?
Humans and Bacteria - Segments 1-8
Microbial Diversity - Segments 1-2
A Career in Microbiology: Dr. Arnold Demain
Read about MIT Professor of Microbiology and founder of Merck & Co.'s Department of Fermentation Microbiology, Dr. Arnold Demain in "Pickles, Pectin, & Penicillin."
Other Microbes and Effects of Microbes on Human Health
A New Genetic Map That Could Make Your Skin Crawl
From the Online Library
Disease and Resistance: Integument, Respiratory, and Gastrointestinal Systems
Humans and Bacteria: Segments 7-12
The Gut Microbiome
Aerobic Respiration, Anaerobic Respiration, and Fermentation
From Microbiology, A Systems Approach (5th ed.) by M. K. Cowan and H. Smith, Figure 18.4, p. 209. McGraw-Hill.
Prokaryotics v. Eukaryotic Electronic Transport Systems
From Microbiology: A Systems Approach (6th ed.) by M. K. Cowan and H. Smith, Figures 8.18 and 8.19. McGraw-Hill.
Disease and Resistance: Nervous, Circulatory, Lymphatic, Urinary, and Reproductive Systems
The following two videos describe Dichotomous Keys and how they can be used to identify specimens.
From Dichotomous Key by Montgomery College (2020, June 17). Creative Commons.
Sepsis and Microbiology: Articles
Microbial Control, Pharmacology, Immunology, and Public Health
Diagram of Vaccine Platforms
Note: From Hunt, G. (2020, Fall). Vaccine platforms. Microcosm, p. 17-18. ASM Press. Used with permission.
Fighting the Microbes: The History of Antibiotics
Current Topics in Microbiology and Biotechnology
Emerging v. Reemerging Disease
Fermented v. Nonfermented Foods
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Cell Biology Basics
Watch this video for a review of basic concepts:
Note: From How Cells Work: The Lego Version by David Faulkner (2017, January 26). Creative Commons.
View videos on cell biology by launching the Anatomy & Physiology collection > Course Topics > Cells and tissues
Selections from the Online Library
Stay Calm and Manage Your Time
When asked what factor contributed the most to their academic success, students respond consistently that the answer is being able to manage their time effectively. Effective time management can mean the difference between feeling busy and accomplishing what you want to versus feeling behind and overwhelmed.
Take a look at the resources below and reach out right away if you start feeling overwhelmed.
Time Management Tips
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Step #2: Make a plan! Watch this short video How to Create a Study Schedule, and then use the Planner Handout to identify blocks of ideal study times. You may also want to learn about how often you should study to learn new information.
TIP: Monitor your study time so that you identify the "right" amount of time for each course for the grade you want.
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Reading Comprehension Strategies
Click on the questions below to reveal helpful reading tips and strategies to better understand and retain complex information:
Reading Academic Literature
Academic journals publish the results of research studies performed by experts in an academic discipline. Articles selected for publication go through a rigorous peer-review process. This process includes a thorough evaluation of the research submitted for publication by journal editors and other experts or peers in the field. Editors select articles based on specific criteria including the research methods used, whether the research contributes new findings to the field of study, and how the research fits within the scope of the academic journal. Articles selected often go through a revision process prior to publication.
Most academic journal articles include the following sections:
TIP: To begin selecting articles for your research, read the highlighted sections to determine whether the academic journal article includes information relevant to your research topic.
Step 1: Skim the article
When sorting through multiple articles discovered in the research process, skimming through these sections of the article will help you determine whether the article will be useful in your research.
1. Article title and subject headings assigned to the article
If the article fits your information need, go back and read the article thoroughly.
Step 2: Determine Your Purpose
Think about how you will evaluate the academic articles you find and how you will determine whether to include them in your research project. Ask yourself the following questions to focus your search in the academic literature:
Step 3: Read Critically
Before reading the article, ask yourself the following:
As you read the article make note of the following:
Academic Support: How to Connect with a Mentor or Tutor
Microbiology students have various options when seeking academic support.
Q: What does a Peer Mentor do?
Peer Mentors are certified tutors who are trained to show you how to navigate the entire process of being a student while supporting you in a variety of aspects including those beyond academics.
A Peer Mentor:
Q: How do I meet with a Peer Mentor?
We offer Peer Mentoring appointments for new students. Click HERE for instructions.
Q: What does a Tutor do?
A Tutor is a student who has been trained in tutoring strategies and has successfully passed the courses they tutor in with a grade of ‘B’ or better.
Q: How do I schedule a meeting with a tutor for Microbiology?