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CCSF - Stem Cell Research

Web Search Tools and Skills for Health Sciences Students

Lisa Velarde

on 15 February 2013

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Transcript of CCSF - Stem Cell Research

Researching in the Health Sciences:
Stem Cell Research Currency Relevance Authority Accuracy Purpose embryonic stem cell research bioethics biomedical issues stem cell debate human embryo research When was the information published/posted? When was it updated? Does the information relate to your topic? Is the information at an appropriate level (not too technical)? Who wrote/posted/published this information? Are they qualified to write on this topic? What's the domain of the URL? (for example: .edu, .gov, .net, or .com) What is the source of the information presented? Is the information supported by evidence? Is the language used free of emotion and obvious bias? Who is the intended audience? Is the information intended to sell, persuade, educate, or entertain? Smart Search Techniques Student Learning Outcomes Brainstorm key words, synonyms, and related terms before you begin searching. These will help you in case you need to narrow or broaden your search. Examples: Search using only the essential terms of your topic. Restrict your search to specific domains of good quality, such as .edu or .gov. cloning Example:
In the Google search box, enter: stem cell research site:gov Examples:
Good: stem cell research
Bad: info and background about stem cells Citing Your Sources in Style Citing your sources means saying where you got the information you used, whenever you use someone else's words, ideas, or images, either directly or indirectly. shows you did research
helps people find the same information on their own.
helps you avoid plagiarism MLA = Modern Language Association Citing sources... It's one of the major styles used to format and organize written work,
including citations and bibliographies, which MLA calls "List of Works Cited." Moellendorf, Darrel. "Treaty Norms and Climate Change Mitigation." Ethics & International Affairs 23.3 (Fall 2009): 247-66. Academic OneFile. Web. 26 Oct. 2009. Example: This site will help you create citations in MLA style: NoodleBib Express http://www.noodletools.com/noodlebib/express.php Subject Directories and Search Engines or, Humans vs. Spider Robots Subject Directories include web sites hand-selected by humans, librarians and subject experts
are great for researching on a topic
give you fewer (therefore more manageable) and better quality results
sometimes have dead links Search Engines are huge databases that store saved web pages and use robotic spiders to crawl web pages with links
are better for specific, obscure searches on hard-to-find people or things
return millions of unorganized results Infomine Yahoo - some of both Google Examples: Exercise Assessment http://bit.ly/KVpPsr Please visit this fun form at the end of class! CRAAP test source: Chico State, Meriam Library http://www.malepregnancy.com/
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