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Dental Assisting: Research Skills

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Evaluating Information

It is imperitive that health science students evaluate sources for audience, currency and authority, but now, it is also important to evaluate even scholarly literature for credibilty of the journal, quality of the research, and other considerations.

The National Library of Medicine has a tutorial to help you learn to evaluate health information on the Web.

University of Illionois has an excellent introductory research guide for evidence-based medicine. The tab for levels of evidence and appraisal are especially useful for evaluating the quality of scholarly literature.

Citing Sources

Any words, ideas or images that you do not create yourself must be properly credited to avoid plagiarism.  

Citing information sources acknowledges the origin of your information and it provides support and credibility to your work by showing evidence of your research.

citation is a reference to the source of an idea, information or image.  It typically includes enough identifying information, such as the author, title, date,  publication format, etc.

More about citing sources.

Library Research Skills Workshops

Learning to do library and web-based information research is an important part of information competency. These abilities are increasingly important in our networked, information-rich society and can be applied in college work, as well as in one’s personal and professional life.  Library Information Skills 1000 is a non-credit course offered as seven independent workshops (available online and in person) that can be used to help students meet the information competency learning outcomes required by their courses and as part of the CCSF Information Competency graduation requirement.

More information about the library skills workshops.

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