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NURS 3500 Research Methods: Class Exercise 2: Evaluating

Research strategies and sources for the course literature search assignment.

Article 1

1. Please review this article from WebMD.

2. Is it a scholarly or popular source? Please be ready to point out five reasons why the source is or is not scholarly.

Points to consider: the length, the author, the source, the audience, the tone, the number of pictures or ads, the presence of an abstract, the presence of a works cited, and the presence of original research.

Article 2

1. Please skim this article from Nursing Ethics.

2. Is it a scholarly or popular source? Please be ready to point out five reasons why the source is or is not scholarly.

Points to consider: the length, the author, the source, the audience, the tone, the number of pictures or ads, the presence of an abstract, the presence of a works cited, and the presence of original research.

Article 3

1. Please skim this article from Wikipedia.

2. Is it a scholarly or popular source? Please be ready to point out five reasons why the source is or is not scholarly.

Points to consider: the length, the author, the source, the audience, the tone, the number of pictures or ads, the presence of an abstract, the presence of a works cited, and the presence of original research.

Websites

Evaluate these websites based on the criteria discussed earlier.    Would you recommend use?  Be prepared to state why.

http://www.thinktwice.com

http://www.patientinform.org

http://www.mayoclinic.org