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BIO 176 Lab: Resources

This guide has resources to help you with your Responsible Patienthood project.

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In order to use library resources, you will need to create an OpenAthens account.

Create your account here.  Heads up:  You will receive a confirmation email to whatever email you use to register.  You will need to click on the link in that email to activate your account.  Use your PA College or Lancaster General Health email address to avoid a delay in access.  Have questions or need to renew an expired account?  Check out this page.

Need a refresher on search techniques? Start here

Responsible patienthood project resources

CINAHL search techniques

When searching in CINAHL, take advantage of some of the search features.

Full-text: This will show you articles the library has access to.

English language: This will only show you articles available in English.

Research article:  This will help you find research articles.  You will still need to look at the article to confirm it is original research.  The easiest way to do this is to look at the methods section and see how the study was set-up.  If the author conducted the study himself, it is probably a research article.

Date:  Your professor might give you a date range in your assignment.  If not, you might have to make your own decision.

Peer-reviewed (scholarly):  This indicates the the article went through a peer reviewed process and is a criteria your professor might ask you to include.

Help reading scholarly articles

These sources will help you read and understand the different sections of a scholarly journal article.

This video from Case Western University will help you more efficiently read a scholarly article.

Have a question? Ask me

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Amy Snyder
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Need more help?

Need some help finding articles?  Want to make sure your articles meet the assignment criteria?  Questions about APA formatting or citations?  Ask Amy, your class librarian, for assistance.


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