The key objectives for you in working through this Library Guide are for you to:
One of the core requirements for your assignment is that you are using a primary research paper. But what does that actually mean and how can you tell when you are looking at your library search results?
Following are two resources to help you out, they identify key areas you should be considering when you are evaluating resources:
Suffolk University in Boston provides a more detailed explanation and process for determining
The class assignment requires you to find articles from a specific set of recommended journals.
See what has been published lately in these key physiology journals. Find an article to critique or get an idea for a topic that you may be interested in researching further.
NEVER PAY FOR ACCESS TO A JOURNAL ARTICLE!
If you find an article for your assignment that MRU doesn't have access to - you can interlibrary loan it by clicking on this link
Log in with your myMRU login and password and enter as much information about the article as you can into the request form.
Often ILL can have a document in your email inbox within 2-3 business days of your request!
General PubMed search tips
Use search terms that are as specific as possible, but don't use quotation marks, operators, punctuation, or tags.
Select "Abstract" view under "Display Settings" to see full text MRU links (the "Look for a copy" button)
The following are a few resources for you to consider when you find that you need to look up terminology, definitions, concepts, or more detailed explanations. Remember, they are not primary research!
To help you with your assignment you can find information on Journals, including details of their impact factors in the Journal Citation Reports section of Web of Science.
Find more detail on the use of impact factor for evaluating resources in the 2014 presentation by MRU Librarians to MRU Faculty: Dirty secrets revealed : Journal publishing and marketing, impact factors and access to scholarship. You might find the reference list of this presentation helpful with your assignment.
The most basic explanation of what an evidence based paragraph can look like.
An evidence based paragraph makes a point using evidence from the literature to strengthen that point. It usually has three parts:
Point + Proof + Relevance = Developed!
Here is an example of how one could look:
Some kinds of honey have potential for use as an alternative to traditional antibiotics. Researchers found that after use for two days the area of skin colonised by bacteria was reduced by 100-fold on the skin that was treated with honey (Kwakman et al, 2008, p.1). The number of positive tests for bacteria were also significantly reduced (Kwakman et al, 2008, p.1). Honey is relatively cheap and available and may be able to play an important role in health care as a replacement for some of the antibiotics to which bacteria are developing resistance.
Kwakman, P. H. S., Van den Akker, J. P. C., Guclu, A., Aslami, H., Binnekade, J. M., de Boer, L., . . . Zaat, S. A. (2008). Medical-grade honey kills antibiotic-resistant bacteria in vitro and eradicates skin colonization. Clinical Infectious Disease 46(11), 1677-1682. htttp://dx.doi.org/10.1086/587892
APA 6th Edition referencing used.
To avoid plagiarism when paraphrasing / summarising remember these five important points:
1) Your paraphrased text should be significantly different from the original (i.e. don't just change a few words here and there)
2) You must change the structure of the sentence or paragraph you are paraphrasing, not just the words.
3) If you use anyone else's words verbatim (word for word) you need to put quotation marks around it. Warning: Quotations are rarely used in the sciences
4) Use proper citation methods (in this case use APA) to give credit for the ideas, opinions or theories you are presenting.
5) Check that you have preserved the original meaning of the text in your paraphrased version
The following APA resources will help you cite in-text, create a reference list, and format your reference list:
Additional APA resources are available through the links below:
Citation management software allows you to save and organize items found via searching the library's databases. It also can be used to create reference lists and citations for papers. There are a number of software systems available.
Reasons to choose Mendeley
Reasons to choose Zotero
If you have questions about assignment requirements, due dates and submission, or the science you encounter in the assignment contact your Instructor!
If you have difficulty finding information (either too much or too little), challenges with databases not working, or have questions about citation or citation management software, please contact me, your Librarian! My contact details are available on the right-hand side of the page, under my photo. The best way to reach me these days is by email or using the 'schedule appointment' button under my name.
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