Review the information presented in the Learning Resources for using the Walden Library, searching the databases, and evaluating online resources.
Begin searching for a peer-reviewed article that pertains to your practice area and is of particular interest to you.
Identify the database that you used to search for a peer-reviewed article in your area of practice and interest.
Reflect on your experience with searching the database. Did you note any difficulties when searching for an article? What steps/strategies did you find helpful for locating a peer-reviewed article? Would this database be useful to your colleagues? Would you recommend this database?
Once you have select your peer-reviewed article, evaluate its strengths and weaknesses in terms of scholarly writing, bias, opinion, quality of evidence, and appropriateness to its target audience.
Cornell University Library. (2010). Distinguishing scholarly journals from other periodicals. Retrieved from http://guides.library.cornell.edu/scholarlyjournals
This online article from the Cornell University Library distinguishes scholarly journals from other periodic literature and provides the general criteria that define an academic journal.
Eaton, S. E. (2010). Reading strategies: Differences between summarizing and synthesizing. Retrieved from http://drsaraheaton.wordpress.com/2010/09/29/reading-strategies-differneces-between-summarizing-and-synthesizing/
The author proposes that critical reading must include using critical thinking to create “new” information and insights from this information.
Walden University. (2012b). Walden University: Academic integrity & Turnitin. Retrieved from http://writingcenter.waldenu.edu/809.htm
Review the resources presented at this website, including the Walden Turnitin and Academic Integrity Online Tutorial and the information provided in the “How to Read a Turnitin Originality Report” section of this website.
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