This 13-minute informal video talks you through:
0:00-1:00 - What is research and why we do we do it?
1:00-3:00 - Kinds of information sources and your research purpose
3:00-3:15 - Guiding questions to keep in mind as you research
3:15-4:00 - Taking notes as you go
4:01-4:27 - Starting with your textbook
4:28-5:30 - General background resources on the guide and why to start here
5:30-5:50 - Recommended scholarly resources
5:50-6:50 - Starting to search (Health and Medicine (Gale OneFile) database is demonstrated)
6:50-7:10 - Adding search terms (advanced searching)
7:10-7:30 - Limiting results by date
7:30-8:40 - Understanding results lists
8:40-9:30 - Looking at an article
9:30-10:10 - Options for saving and citing articles (grabbing ready-made APA citations to save you time)
10:10-11:15 - One option for taking notes and keeping your sources organized
11:15-13:10 - Encouragement, final comments, and ways to reach out for help with research
The research portion of this project is your opportunity to learn all you can about your topic. Your "big picture" goal is to gather information about why and how to perform your assigned radiographic procedure so that you can convey accurate information through your writing and presentation. To do that, you will need to search in variety of resources, keep track of the information sources you find, and synthesize that information in a way that makes sense. It's super important to understand a topic before you can write about it!
The steps on this page are Ellen's best recommendation for how to approach the research portion of your work. Please know that they are not the only right way to do research, and different topics may require slightly different approaches.
One of the best ways to stay sane throughout any research and writing project is to take good notes. At the very least, your research should include any places you searched, the citations of the sources you found, and a collection of the facts and information you've learned about your topic.
These notes will help you so much as you start outlining and drafting. A little extra effort throughout the research process will save you so much time later.
A quick way to keep track of your sources: Most databases have a citation builder to help you quickly collect the information you need for your citations. For each source that you find, copy the APA style citation and paste it into a new document at the top of the page (you can double check the formatting and details later). Then, as you read and discover information you think you may want to use in your writing, copy and paste the information from your source into the document below the citation.
Start with your textbook.
Read all the relevant sections carefully.
Next, browse or search for general information about your topic.
Ellen's top recommendations for this step are:
Now start to dig in to scholarly articles, journals, and academic research.
Ellen's top recommendations here (in no particular order) are:
Note: You can use resources for your "minimum of 3 reliable outside sources in addition to your textbook" that are not included on this research guide. However, the resources linked in this section are vetted and credible, and will (hopefully) get you to what you need quickly.
Want to look deeper on your own? Browse our full list of library databases for yourself:
Find high quality radiographic images related to your topic (and don't forget to save the citations!)
These images will be included in your paper, your presentation, or both. They can also be great for helping you understand the procedure.
Ellen's top recommendations for this are:
You can also use the databases linked above to search for images. Some of the articles you found already may also have high quality images you can use.