Week 6: Information literacy and library research skills
Create a 4-6 page annotated bibliography and summary based on your research related to best practices addressing a current health care problem or issue of interest to you.
For this assessment, you will select and research a current health care problem or issue faced by a health care organization. Read each portion of the assessment carefully and use the Suggested Resources to help you complete the assessment. This assessment provides an opportunity to apply research skills to a current health care problem or issue.
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:
Competency 1: Apply information literacy and library research skills to obtain scholarly information in the field of health care.
· Identify academic peer-reviewed journal articles relevant to a health care problem or issue and describe the criteria used for the literature search.
· Summarize what was learned from developing an annotated bibliography.
Competency 2: Apply scholarly information through critical thinking to solve problems in the field of health care.
· Assess the credibility and relevance of information sources.
· Analyze academic peer-reviewed journal articles using the annotated bibliography organizational format.
Competency 4: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and respectful of the diversity, dignity, and integrity of others, and that is consistent with expectations for health care professionals.
· Write clearly and logically, with correct use of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and mechanics.
· Write following APA style for in-text citations, quotes, and references.
Note: The requirements outlined below correspond to the grading criteria in the scoring guide. At a minimum, be sure to address each point. In addition, you are encouraged to review the performance level descriptions for each criterion to see how your work will be assessed.
For this assessment, you will research best practices related to a current health care problem. Your selected problem or issue will be utilized again in Assessment 3. To explore your chosen topic, you should use the first two steps of the Socratic Problem-Solving Approach as described on Campus to aid your critical thinking.
1. View the Assessment Topic Areas media piece linked in the Resources and select one of the health care problems or issues in the media piece to research. Write a brief overview of the selected topic. In your overview:
. Describe the health care problem or issue.
. Describe your interest in the topic.
. Describe any professional experience you have with this topic.
· Conduct a search for scholarly or academic peer-reviewed literature related to the topic and describe the criteria you used to search for articles, including the names of the databases you used.
. You will want to access the applicable Undergraduate Library Research Guide related to your degree (found at the NHS Learner Success Lab) for tips to help you in your search.
. Use keywords related to the health care problem or issue you are researching to select relevant articles.
· Assess the credibility of the information sources you find.
. Determine if the source is from an academic peer-reviewed journal.
. Determine if the publication is current.
. Determine if information in the academic peer-reviewed journal article is still relevant.
· Select four current scholarly or academic peer-reviewed journal articles published during the past three to five years that relate to your topic.
· Explain the relevance of the information sources.
. Describe how the health care problem or issue is addressed in each source.
. Discuss what kind of contribution each source provides on your selected topic.
· Analyze the scholarly literature or academic peer-reviewed journal articles using the annotated bibliography organizational format.
. The purpose of an annotated bibliography is to document a list of references along with key information about each one. The detail about the reference is the annotation. Developing this annotated bibliography will create a foundation of knowledge about the selected topic.
. List the full reference for the source in APA format (author, date, title, publisher, et cetera) and use APA format for the annotated bibliography.
. Make sure the references are listed in alphabetical order, are double-spaced, and use hanging indents.
. Follow the reference with the annotation. Week 6: Information literacy and library research skills
· In your annotation:
. Identify the purpose of the article.
. Summarize the source:
. What are the main arguments?
. What topics are covered?
· Include the conclusions and findings of the article.
· Write your annotation in a paragraph form. The annotation should be approximately 150 words (1 to 3 paragraphs) in length.
· In a separate paragraph or two at the end of the paper, summarize what you learned from your research.
· List the main points you learned about.
· Summarize the main contributions of the sources you chose and how they enhanced your knowledge about the topic.
Example Assessment: You may use the assessment example, linked in the Assessment Example section of the Resources, to give you an idea of what a Proficient or higher rating on the scoring guide would look like.
IMPORTANT NOTES THAT WILL GUIDE YOU WHEN WRITING THIS ASSIGNMENT
Information literacy is the ability to find and evaluate information sources. Information literacy skills include using a variety of sources, understanding genres, evaluating and synthesizing information, communicating effectively, using databases and search engines, researching and planning projects, using technology in the library and beyond
Information literacy is the ability to find and evaluate information sources. Information literacy skills include using a variety of sources, understanding genres, evaluating and synthesizing information, communicating effectively, using databases and search engines, researching and planning projects, using technology in the library and beyond.
Information literacy skills are important for students to learn and can be taught, assessed, improved and even mastered. Information literacy is the ability to find information in an organized manner. With this skill you can use a variety of sources, understand genres and evaluate information before using it for your purposes. Information literacy helps you analyze trends in news media and other content; evaluate accuracy and credibility according to established standards; determine reliability of sources (including whether they have published reliable data); understand ethical behavior related to using research materials or products in libraries or elsewhere as well as maintaining intellectual integrity when working with other people or groups
Library research skills include finding information through library catalogs, databases, indexes and other reference tools; finding information through periodical indexes; creating a well-planned research paper; remembering facts about materials to use during discussion sections of papers; preparing bibliographies for papers; planning how to use those bibliographies once they are collected; identifying key words in texts to help locate additional sources. Library researchers must also be able to summarize main points from oral presentations so that others understand them more clearly. They should also write an effective abstract for an article based on its contents
Librarians can help students learn library research skills by providing guidance, instruction and assistance in using a variety of sources.
Students should be encouraged to use multiple sources to find information. This will help them develop their own understanding of the topic, rather than relying on one source or another. Librarians can also provide training for students on how to effectively search for specific topics using different databases and databases available through libraries’ electronic collections (e-books).
For example: If you’re researching how many people have been killed by dogs each year in your town, you might want to look at news articles from the local newspaper; there may also be an annual report from city hall that contains this information along with other useful data about animal control issues in your area—both could be helpful choices when searching online!
In conclusion, librarians should work with students to help them learn library research skills. Each individual has different needs so the best way to determine which type of support will benefit them is by asking questions during an interview or meeting. The librarian’s role is also evolving as more people consult us online now than ever before: we need to be able to serve this population too!
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