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In Class Exercise - Class 2
Video 1

Video 2

Padlet - record your thoughts as you talk to your group


In Class Exercise - class 1
Part 1
Working collaboratively, investigate the source assigned to your group. What criteria do you use to decide whether or not this source is credible and authoritative to use for your first paper assignment. Be prepared to present your criteria and back it up.

Part 2
Work in your groups to investigate a library resource and add your observations to a new note here

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Write & Cite
Helping sources for Writing and Citing:
Where is the Article?
 Where is the article?

available in findit@ut
Follow this gold button  to see if it is available in another database or in print in the library.

 
Click this green button if you find that your article is only available in print in the library, and the library will scan it and email you a pdf of the article for free.
Use Background Information
Web Resources
  • Medline Plus: authoritative information about OTCs and supplements from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  
    • Choose Drugs and Supplements, then search for your drug name.
  • FDA Approved Drug Products: history of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of over-the-counter medicines; includes similar drugs and label information.
  • FDA Consumer Health Information: updates from the FDA abut potentially hazardous medicines or food products.
Library Resources Google Search Tricks
Remember when web searching, use these Google Search Tips in the Advanced Google Search box to get more exact results:
  • Search only a specific site (ex: nih.gov) or domain (ex: .edu or .gov) by typing in your search followed by site:.org, site:.gov (ex: “dxm abuse” site:nih.gov)
  • Search for an exact phrase by putting your search terms in quotation marks (ex: “over the counter”)
  • Eliminate results from a specific site (ex: .com) by typing in your search followed by -.com
Remember to evaluate each website according to specific criteria before deciding to use that information.
Brainstorm Keywords
Read through your articles and pull out important terms and synonyms to use as keywords when searching the library's databases. Pick terms that are broader, narrower, and related to the key terms that you picked out.


Topic
insomnia and OTC products
Key concepts
insomnia
over the counter products
(aspects)
Related Keywords
chronic insomnia
acute insomnia
primary insomnia
comorbid insomnia
 
melatonin
tryptophan
valerian tea
stress
mental health
diet
physical activity
depression
anxiety
post traumatic stress disorder

Then combine them using AND and OR
  • AND narrows your search by looking for articles with all of the words
  • OR broadens your search by looking for articles with any of the word
                     This keyword tool lets you brainstorm online and send the results to yourself.
Find Articles
Web Resources
Library Resources
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition : Find journal, magazine and some newspaper articles from health resources.
    • Choose magazines and newspapers to find popular or trade articles.
  • Academic Search Complete : Find journal, magazine and some newspaper articles from across disciplines.
    • Choose magazines and newspapers to find popular or trade articles.
  • Alt-Health Watch Find articles from the perspective of complementary, holistic, and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.
  • Health Reference Center : find articles on CAM from magazines, newspapers, and trade and scholarly journals.
    • Choose the Magazines tab to find articles from trade journals.
  • PsycInfo: Find psychology literature, good for topics related to stress.