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HS 250 --Research help for Prevention Analysis Paper

Meet your librarian!

Greetings! My name is Pamela Buzzard and I am the librarian for Health Sciences. 

This guide should help you with your Prevention Analysis Paper. Each of the links on this guide corresponds to an aspect of your paper and provides you with keyword ideas as well as databases and websites to search.

I also encourage you to contact me if you have questions (pamela.buzzard@nau.edu). 

If you need immediate help and I am not available, you can ask a question through Chat on Cline Library's website. If you have more time, then you can click the link to Meet with a librarian, find my name, and use my appointment link to find an appointment time that works for you. "Ask us" services available on Cline Library website.

Two things to know about collecting sources for your paper:

1. Sources you are supposed to find and use for your Prevention Analysis Paper include scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles. To find them, it helps to know what they are! 

Your choice -- you can learn about peer-review from the text below, or watch the video to the right!

How does peer-review work? Well, researchers conduct studies, then write up the results of those studies in the form of a journal article. Then, they submit the article to a journal -- hoping that the journal will publish it. The editor of the journal (this is the person in charge of all content published in the journal) will identify peers of the author -- that is, other experts in the same discipline as the author, with the same expertise. The editor will send the article to those peers. The peers will review the article to determine whether the authors' research methods seem to be valid and their conclusions make sense. They might also look at the importance and utility of the research, as well as the quality of the authors’ writing. If the article is not good enough, the peer-reviewers will reject the article and it will go unpublished. 

To get a better idea how peer-review fits into the process of creating a journal article, take a look at the diagram below.

1. Researcher embarks on and conducts a new research project. 2. Researcher writes up findings in the form of an article, then submits it to a journal in order to share and disseminate it. 3. The publisher of the journal sends the article to peer-reviewers for evaluation; articles that pass the peer-review process get published in the journal. 4. Published journal articles are stored on the publisher's website, and data about each article is also stored in databases like Google Scholar. 5) Journal articles are retrieved from article databases using keywords and other search techniques. We often call this "library research." 6) Journal articles are read and used to inform future research. 7) The process starts again from step 1!

2. Cline Library owns some, but not all, peer-reviewed journal articles. Any article not owned by Cline Library can be requested through the Library's Document Delivery Service. So, if you can't seem to get to the full-text of an article (without being asked to pay for it) then simply request it for free through Document Delivery! To set up an account and use this service, follow these instructions: http://libraryguides.nau.edu/researchfoundations/dds.