Research for class may sound intimidating, but it's actually pretty simple when you break it down. Fortunately, there is a straightforward process you can follow.
The health care research process should always follow the same steps.
Example of comparing sources:
Critical Thinking: What's missing? Contradictory? Inconsistent? Nonsensical?
A credible website is not a credible website (Whitewashing): https://www.cdc.gov/tuskegee/timeline.htm
Critical Thinking: Like Prius is not a Tesla
An "article" is not just an "article" http://isu.libguides.com/evidence/findarticles
Whitewashing deaths by way of omission (i.e. lying)
Critical Thinking about Deaths Reported (Flint Water Crisis & Led Poisoning)
Wikipedia doesn't always capture all the data
In the medical and allied health fields, researchers conduct scientifically-designed experiments to answer specific research questions. Each study builds on previous research to add a new piece of evidence to the larger puzzle. The goal of health research is to improve understanding of a particular field or subject area in order to improve technology, care, and decision-making.
As a practitioner, it's important to develop an evidence-based practice (EBP). EBP focuses on combining current research evidence with a practitioner's own experience and judgement and the patient's preferences . It's a three-part approach called the three-legged stool of EBP.
Clinical research can usually be found on special websites that search peer-reviewed journal databases. Our library has subscriptions to some of these journal sites.
Read more about EBP in a peer-reviewed article from Credo Reference.
Peer-reviewed sources are have been reviewed for quality by experts before they are published, which is different than many websites.
All of the links to library collections are peer-reviewed. This means that you can generally trust information from the library's collections more than the information on the Web.
Created by healthcare professionals, health researchers, or other experts
You don't know who wrote the information
Reviewed for quality by experts according to professional process
Guaranteed to meet the highest quality standards in the field
|ACC's Peer Reviewed Collection||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Nursing Reference Center||WebMD|
|Rehabilitation Reference Center||Drugs.com|
|SMART Imagebase||Google Images, YouTube|
|CINAHL + w/ Full-Text||Blogs, discussion forums, social media posts|
|ProQuest Databases||Ask.com, ehow|
Check out this guide for determining the difference between a Primary and Secondary source.