Using This Research Guide
This guide was created to help you find health related library resources for your assignment. Click the tabs above for the desired information.
What is a scholarly/peer-reviewed article?
What does scholarly articles look like?
- Articles are long, usually 5+ pages
- Articles are written by professors or other experts
- Articles use complex language
- Articles contain a bibliography/references
- Articles are often highly structured, following the scientific method
What is a scientific method?
Many articles follow the structure of the scientific method, where the researchers come up with a hypothesis and test it. Articles following the scientific method are structured in the following way:
- Method or Methodology
Research Process Overview
Research typically involves using a variety of sources, including encyclopedias and dictionaries, books, articles from newspapers, magazines and journals and websites, all of which can be found at the Library Media Center. To start the research process, follow the steps below:
Step 1. Choose a topic
Identify keywords | Seek background information | Refine your search strategy |
Step 2. Locate information
Find Books | Find Articles | Find Websites |
Step 3. Evaluate and analyze information and sources
Content | Credibility | Currency | Objectivity | Audience
Step 4. Organize your information and cite your sources