Welcome to our virtual class. We are going to begin with the idea of why we use academic (scholarly) material for evidence-based practice with patients. A big difference between high school and college work is the use of scholarly literature instead of, or in addition to, popular sources. In patient care academic, research-based sources are necessary. We will include helpful information about scholarly vs. popular articles and how to use library databases to pick a workable topic. Here is an item for the first part of our class:
Why Academic Nursing Literature? (video: 4:51)
More iinformation about scholarly sources under the EVALUATE SOURCES tab on this guide.
Producing a finished college-level research paper requires:
Sounds complicated, but with the databases we have available, both discovery and documentation of scholarly sources can be fairly easy. For more ideas about documenting your sources, take a look at the AVOID PLAGIARISM tab on this guide.
Before you begin searching, look at this video about Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT):
Search tips for Academic Search Premier and other Ebscohost databases, including CINAHL:
Getting Started with CINAHL (video: 13.08)
Searching tips for ProQuest Social Science Premium Collection (University of Newcastle, UK)
Searching QuickSearch for books:
How to Look for a Book on a Topic/Subject (Advanced Search)
Use the folder or list function in most databases to make a list of references or bibliography.
"Instant" MLA Bibliographies from Ebsco -- You can use this procedure in EBSCO databases for APA, Harvard, or Chicago styles as well
Note: When you email references to yourself, the DOI's correctly leave out the Rutgers proxy information.
More on scholarly sources: Click on the EVALUATE SOURCES tab.
More on the research process: Click on the RESEARCH PROCESS tab.
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