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Research Skills

Research tips, citing sources, evaluating information

Understanding Health Science Research

Glossary of clinical research terms

Overview of types of research and levels of evidence Part of an excellent Evidence Based Medicine tutorial from U of Illinois - Chicago

Excellent tutorial to understand Evidence Based Nursing Node 12 (look at the URL) introduces levels of evidence. Node 21 gives tips to determine validity.

Introduction to Evidence Based Medicine A tutorial made through a joint venture of UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke Univ. Try the self-quiz!

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.

With the increase in open access scholarly publishing, publisher-created, and pay-to-publish journals, it is becoming more and more important also to examine the journal in which an article is published. The Scholarly Open Access blog researches and updates information on how to identify ways questionable literature may be published.

Explanation and resources for identifying counterfeit Impact Factors are at the Scholarly Open Access blog. Beall's List (at Scholarly Open Access) of questionable open access scholarly publications that have been identified. Skim the screening criteria!

Last, here's an article on Ten Questions to Ask About Scientific Studies

On Research

Glossary of clinical research terms from ClinicalTrials.gov

Overview of types of research and Levels of evidence Part of an excellent Evidence Based Medicine tutorial from U of Illinois - Chicago

Introduction to Evidence Based Medicine A tutorial made through a joint venture of UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke Univ. Try the self-quiz!

Systematic Reviews, part 1 Useful for understanding research, in addition to telling you how to conduct a systematic review
Systematic Reviews, part 2

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 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 these workshops.

Checklist for Writing Citations


Citing Sources

You must properly credit any words, ideas or images that you do not create yourself to avoid plagiarism.  

Citing information sources acknowledges the origin of information you use and 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. Citations typically include enough identifying information, such as the author, title, date,  publication format, etc. for a reader to locate the original source.

More about citing sources.

NoodleTools

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A subscription service (free to the CCSF community) to help you organize your research and cite your sources.

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