If you're wondering: This course guide will answer these questions and provide the resources you need to finish this assignment. Need more help? Email your librarian! (Her email is on the right of the page.) CQ Researcher (browse by topic or search by keyword) Procon.org (browse "health & medicine" category)
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If you're wondering:
This course guide will answer these questions and provide the resources you need to finish this assignment.
Need more help? Email your librarian! (Her email is on the right of the page.)
CQ Researcher (browse by topic or search by keyword)
Procon.org (browse "health & medicine" category)
1) Generating keywords
2) Boolean Operators
5) Controlled Vocab
6) Still not getting good results?
|Scholarly (peer-reviewed, academic)||Authoritative||Popular|
|Vocabulary||specialized language of the field, "jargon"||professional language||common language|
|Structure||very structured (abstract, intro, methods, conclusion, bibliography)||can be structured for clarity||more story-like, shorter with minimal headings|
|Sources||many sources in the bibliography||sometimes includes a few sources or footnotes||no bibliography|
|Review||blind reviewed by other scholars||fact checked by the organization||sometimes reviewed by an editor|
|Examples||Ethnic and Racial Studies; Gender & Society; International Migration Review; American Journal of Public Health; Latin American Perspectives||Government Publications, World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)||Time; Yahoo; Newsweek; Business Week;
US News & World Report; New York Times; Christian Science Monitor
|Author(s)||scholar(s)||experts or reputable organizations||non-experts or journalists|
Search the databases!
|Academic Search Premier||Multi-disciplinary|
|CINAHL||Nursing and Allied Health|
Articles published in journals like:
*You may need to broaden your topic search to find an authoritative source relevant to your topic. Yoga and depression-->depression and alternative medicine
Google advanced searching
Any Google search on your topic. News articles, websites, and blogs all count!
Citing sources is expected in scholarly communities and is almost always required in research papers. Scholars cite:
Not sure where to start? Review this Flow Chart of the citation process before you continue!
APA stands for the American Psychological Association. This is the preferred citation style of many of the social and behavioral sciences. Always remember to check your assignment guidelines or ask your professor which citation style they prefer for your work.
Please note that the seventh edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association was released in October 2019. The American Psychological Association expects students and professors to transition to this new edition in the spring of 2020 or thereafter. The CSUSM library is awaiting the delivery of the new guides and the transition of other reliable sources to the 7th edition before updating its own citation guide. If you are required to use the 7th edition prior to our updating our APA page, please go directly to the APA's Style and Grammar Guidelines website or contact a librarian directly for assistance.
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