Reproductive Traits

Digital Note Taking Document

The Amazing Way Plants Protect Themselves – TED Ed

Meet the Frog that Barfs Up Its Babies – TED Ed


PC = PARENTHETICAL CITATION: in the parentheses after PC at the top of each card (author’s last name AND title of source; if encyclopedia include initials of book and title of article).


Encyclopedias (in the Reference Room and online)

Britannica School Encyclopedia Online (BSE)

World Book Encyclopedia (WB) (print) or World Book Online

International Wildlife Encyclopedia (IWE) R/591.03/I37

Encyclopedia of Mammals (EoM) R/599/E56

Plants and Plant Life (PaPL) R/580/B154

Aquatic Life of the World (ALoW) R/578.76/A656


Search the OPAC for an animal or plant that interests you

Gale eBooks – do a basic search using any of the keywords from the table below.  You can also select a specific title and search within the title.

Subscription Databases:

See planner or posters in the library for database login information; cite all databases by finding MLA citation and finding author and title of article OR title of article and database (if there is no author).

In the following databases use these search terms to help you:

Displays courtship displays, means of attraction/mating rituals (visual attraction, auditory attraction, olfactory attraction)
Eggs oviparous (vs viviparous (live young)
Asexual Reproduction budding, fission, vegetative propagation, parthenogenesis, fragmentation, volunteers, sprouting, shoots
Parental care gestation (marsupials, mammals), incubation, gestation time vs body mass, r-selected species vs K-selected species,  caring for young
Pollination pollen, self-pollination (autogamy, geitonogamy), cross-pollination
Seeds angiosperms, gymnosperms, see production, seed dispersal, germination
Other possible search terms dioecious (male and female reproductive organs in SEPARATE organisms) vs monoecious (male and female reproductive organs in SAME organism: plants, invertebrate animals), semelparous (breed only once then die) vs iteroparous (multiple reproductive events in lifetime)

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Last update: 12/5/19