Sometimes it seems like everything is online. In many cases, that can complicate the process of finding the information you need because it takes more work to identify why type of information you’re encountering. This workshop will offer strategies for identifying the different types of available information and selecting the appropriate type for your information need.
Sorting through different information sources can be stressful. You’ve heard that using the library databases give you better results, but they can be confusing and overwhelming. In this workshop, we demystify databases and offer suggestions that will help you to find better results faster and easier.
Are you dreading reading through those 8-20 page articles you found for your paper? Do they seem like they are written in a different language? Never fear! In this workshop, you will learn strategies for making sense of those long, and let’s face it, sometimes boring, articles. Funds for the creation of this workshop were provided by the Students First Fund, a grant program created by the Wright State University Foundation.
How do you know if the article you found is good enough to use for your assignment? Learn strategies for evaluating sources whether you find them on the Internet, in the library, or in the library’s databases.
You’ve searched for articles and books and you have a list of sources that are on your topic. Now how are you supposed to use them in your paper? In this workshop, staff from the Writing Center and a librarian will take you through the process of integrating those sources in your paper. Learn how to quote and paraphrase while avoiding plagiarism and keeping your voice the focus of your paper.
We all know that plagiarism is bad, but is avoiding plagiarism the only reason to cite? Why do we have to follow all the pesky rules about capitalization, punctuation, and numbering? And why are there so many different styles? In this workshop, we provide an overview of the reasons for citing, guidelines for when to cite and when it's not necessary, and how to find answers to your questions about formatting.
Funds for the creation of this workshop were provided by the Students First Fund, a grant program created by the Wright State University Foundation.
Evaluating and Reading Your Sources (including research in the health sciences)
Before you rely on ANY type of information (websites, media, books, articles), you should evaluate whether the source is credible. Here are some options that may help.
Wright State University Libraries (Videos only - no quizzes). How do you know if the article you found is good enough to use for your assignment? Learn strategies for evaluating sources whether you find them on the Internet, in the library, or in the library’s databases.
Irwig L, Irwig J, Trevena L, et al. Smart Health Choices: Making Sense of Health Advice. London: Hammersmith Press; 2008. Chapter 3, Bad evidence. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK63649/
Copy and paste from this template to create the columns for your own Evidence Evaluation Table. [Online-only content for “Critical Appraisal of the Evidence: Part I,” by Fineout-Overholt and colleagues in the American Journal of Nursing, July 2010, p. 47-52]
This is an example of an Evidence Evaluation with all of the elements filled in. [Online-only content for “Critical Appraisal of the Evidence: Part III,” by Fineout-Overholt and colleagues in the American Journal of Nursing, November 2010, p. 43-51.]
This particular page provides excellent tips on how to avoid plagiarism, especially unintentional plagiarism. The entire guide, published by the Harvard College Writing Program, is useful for establishing good research and writing habits from start to finish. A navigation bar is available in the left column.