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HED 2340 - Health Behaviors: Finding and Using Sources for Your Assignments

Search Tips for Project - Find Peer-Reviewed Theory-Based Research on Your Topic

Database search tips:

  • For many of your topics, using QuickSearch and limiting to peer-reviewed journals/academic journals or books and ebooks along the left side of the list of results should be sufficient to get you relevant reputable sources, but other subject-specific databases are listed below for additional options.  QuickSearch will find results from most of the library databases listed anyway.
  • Combine the name of your condition/problem with the name of your theory using AND
  • Do NOT use quotation marks: If there is no exact match for the theory you type in, the search may still retrieve other theories that are relevant and useful. Quotation marks search for the exact phrase so you may not get enough results if you use quotation marks.
  • Having trouble?  I'm here to help.  Please email me to ask questions or use the "Schedule Appointment" link on this guide to set up a meeting with me either face to face or through Webex.

Search Engines and Databases for Finding Articles:

Note: Journals can vary widely in quality.  Always evaluate both the journal and the content of the article in the journal you are using.   If you have questions about how to determine if the content you are using is reputable, ask Ximena.

Exploring Your Topic and Scheduling Your Library Appointment

You are required to have a brief individual online Webex or face to face appointment the subject librarian for Health Education, but before you schedule your appointment, you must first start exploring the literature on your topic. Exploring the literature beforehand will allow you to take note of any challenges or questions you have about the search so that your librarian can address your questions during the appointment.


  • Your goal is to find articles from peer-reviewed scholarly journals on your topic. 
  • Choose one of the database links above to start your search.  QuickSearch and Google Scholar are good options, but any of the other database links above would also work for health behaviors.
  • Spend at least 5 minutes searching for scholarly articles on your topic.
  • During or after your brief search, answer the questions on the form linked below and submit the form. 
  • Use the appointment scheduling link at the end of the form to schedule your library appointment.

Note: The completed form serves as documentation that you spent some time exploring your topic before your library meeting.  The librarian will share the information collected from the form with Prof. Peterson. 


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.

What does it mean to contribute to the scholarly conversation?

When you write and prepare papers and presentations in your courses and subsequently in your career, you are contributing to the ongoing research conversation about a matter of concern in your chosen career or field.  You are not simply stringing together quotes or summaries from sources, but you are thoughtfully selecting and using sources to demonstrate your own understanding and ideas about the topic.

Take a look at these videos to find out more about how to use sources to contribute to the scholarly conversation while still allowing your own ideas to be heard.

Appropriately Integrating Your Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism

APA Style

Explore Your Topic, Then Schedule Your Library Appointment

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