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NUR3250: Cultural Foundations in Nursing: Finding Articles

Evaluating Information

When searching in a database, critical thinking skills are essential.  Don't waste time and paper!  Spend a few minutes reviewing the citation and/or abstract information and consider the following details:

Author: who wrote this and what are his/her credentials and affiliations?

Source: is this a scholarly, professional, popular, or trade publication?

Publisher: who produced this? government? university? corporation?

Date: when was this published?

Audience: for whom is this written? general public? scholars? practitioners?

Purpose: are the findings clearly stated? Are there clear biases?

Data: is methodology explained? Are charts, graphs, illustrations clearly presented?

Conclusions: do the findings support the thesis?

References: are there footnotes and citations leading to related work?

Compare: how does this article compare with other articles in this field?

Library Databases

Use these databases to locate peer-reviewed, scholarly content to support your papers and projects for this course.  Feel free to contact the Library for assistance using any of these resources.

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