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Library Card Application  You need a library card to access databases from home, checkout laptops, use textbooks on reserve

Network Account  You need a network account to use Cabrillo computers or Wi-Fi on campus



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Research topic  why are you interested in this topic?  What do you already know about this topic?  What do you need to find out?  What are your research questions?

1.   Do some "pre-research"   find background information using SuperSearch:  Research StarterGale Encyclopedia of Medicine or MEDLINEplus.  Write down at least 3 research questions and 3 keywords related to your topic

2.   Search for articles in SuperSearch:  Allied Health.  Send yourself at least two articles.  Write down the APA  citations

      As a group, pick one article to review more closely.  Look at the authors, the keywords, and the reference list.  Pick one interesting fact to cite using APA citation

3.  Books  Find a print book or an ebook using the library catalog

4.  Articles Review the Websites tab.  Pick one credible website

5.  Revisit your research questions   Do you have any new questions?  Assign each member of your group a question to research

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How do I cite sources with the same title or author?  Use the date to differentiate between multiple sources with the same author or title.  For publications with the same date add a letter:

  (Gomez, R. 2012)
  (Gomez, R. 2010)
  (Gomez, R. 2008a)
  (Gomez, R. 2008b)

How do I research books in the library?    The Library catalog has print books and a few ebooks. For additional ebooks, go to EBSCOHost eBook Collection

I'm not sure where this research is going...  part of research is exploring.  Start by thinking about what interests you and learning a little bit about your topic.  Then circle back to your original research topic.  Do you have any new questions or ideas?  It is normal for your topic to shift and focus as you do your research


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