HEA 410 - Safian - Library Research Help
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Slide 1 - HEA 410 Healthcare Issues Research Assignment
- Matthew LaBrake
- Library Director for Online Degree Programs
Slide 2 - Assignment Description
- SUBJECT: Identify what aspect of health care interests you. It might be a treatment process, such as robotic surgery; or a management process, such as electronic health records. Choose some aspect of health care that has made significant progress in recent years.
- NOTE: This paper is not about a disease or disease progression. It is solely focused on new research or innovation related to medical devices, new treatments, new methods for better diagnostics, new drugs, etc. It must be something that has been approved or accepted in the industry within the last five years (2009 or later).
- ASSISGNMENT: Find and discuss current (no older than 5 years) research, discoveries, treatments, diagnostic tests, clinical trial results, etc. on your topic of interest.
Slide 3 - Grading
- 65 points maximum for content quality. This paper should elevate the reader’s knowledge of your topic in a clear manner. Your paper should discuss:
- The basis for the new information (why did they do this or look into this)
- How it was researched and confirmed (what did the researchers do to test their theory or product to assure it will do what they claim)
- Current status or implementation in the United States (is it the new standard of care? are only some physicians supporting it? If so, what percentage of professionals are using it? Has it received FDA approval?)
- Your conclusions on the benefits or lack of benefit for this new addition to our health care arsenal
- 20 points maximum for format
- Minimum of 5 pages (not including cover page and reference page)
- Must follow APA format (in-text citations)
- See assignment details in your course folder for additional formatting requirements!!
- 15 points maximum for references used
- A minimum of three credible references, in addition to your course textbook, must be presented on a separate reference page, correlating to the proper APA format citations within the paper’s body.
- Appropriate references include: library databases; textbooks; US government [.gov] and professional [.org] websites; interviews with current working health care professionals; etc. No Wikipedia!
Slide 4 - Why Use Library Databases?
- Databases are searchable collections of academic journals, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, reference books, company reports, etc.
- Library databases are especially useful because they:
- Get their information from professionals or experts in the field, which means that the information found in them is reliable for academic research.
- Are updated frequently and include the date of publication. It is important that your paper contains current information.
- Are easy to cite in a bibliography. In fact, many databases will even create the citation for you! This is important because you will need to cite all of your sources in APA format.
- Can help you. narrow down your topic or suggest related subjects. This is an important part of the research process, especially if you are writing a shorter paper and need to narrow your topic.
Slide 5 - Evaluating Websites
- You may also need to find information on the Internet. As you know, not everything you find on the Internet is true. It is very important that you evaluate websites before using them in your research.
- Deciding if a website is credible or not can be as simple as looking at one of these five categories. Sometimes it is more complex.
- Use this guide to learn more about evaluating websites! http://berkeleycollege.libguides.com/evaluating
- Using non-credible websites as sources will count against you. Be prepared to defend the credibility of any website you use in your research!
Slide 6 - Citing in APA Format
- APA stands for the American Psychological Association and the guidelines that they developed for formatting and citing sources in research papers are required in many college level classes, including this one. See these links for more information:
- Berkeley College Academic Support Center APA
- Purdue’s OWL APA Formatting and Style Guide
- APA Style Aide brought to by The Cooperative Library Instruction Project (CLIP)
Slide 7 - Log Into Blackboard!!
- The next section of this presentation will walk you through finding an article in one of our databases.
- To access the library databases you will need to be logged into Blackboard. If, at any point, you are presented with a yellow screen asking you to log-in, use your blackboard credentials to do so!
Slide 8 - Exploring Resources for this Assignment
- The library subscribes to over 80 scholarly databases. Some are general, while others specialize in specific subject areas. The research guide (aka: LibGuide) below was created to house the databases and other resources that will be ideal for this assignment.
- Feel free to explore the additional databases and websites in the above guide. This presentation is going to focus on searching in ProQuest Health and Medical Complete.
Slide 9 - Access the Library Databases Through Blackboard
Slide 10 - Browse the Databases by Subject -OR- Select “A-Z List” to See an Alphabetical List
Slide 11 - Scroll Through the List to Find “Health and Medical Complete”
Slide 12 - Perform a Keyword Search for Your Topic
- A “keyword” is a word (or a set of words) that best describes your topic.
- I’m using “robotic heart surgery” as a starting point for my research in this example.
- The more I focus the keywords in my search string, the more relevant my results will be!
Slide 13 - Adding “Quotations” Around Your Key Words Will Ensure Your Search Only Brings Back Results That Have Those Words In Order.
Slide 14 - Limit Your Search by Publication Date to Find the Most Current Information Available
Slide 15 - Use Additional Keywords To Focus Your Results Even Further
Slide 16 - Select an Article, Read Through It, Take Notes, and Make Sure to Cite Your Source
Slide 17 - Need Immediate help? Chat with a Librarian!!http://berkeleycollege.libguides.com/LibChat
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