Using the Walden Library
Where can y?u find evidence to inform your thoughts and scholarly writing? Throughout your degree ?rogram, you will use the research literature to explore ideas, guide your thinking, and gain new insights. As you search the research literature, it is important to use resources that are peer-reviewed and from scholarly journals. You may already have some favorite online resources and databases that you use or have found useful in the past. For this Discussion and this week’s Assignment, you explore databases available through the Walden Library.
Note: Review the Assignment and complete the relevant items in the To prepare section prior to engaging in the Discussion.
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.
By Day 3
Post a brief summary of your peer-reviewed article, the database you located your article in, your database searching experience, key words utilized in the search, and analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the article.
Support your Discussion assignment with specific resources used in its preparation using APA formatting. You are asked to provide a reference for all resources, including those in the Learning Resources for this course.
Study Notes: Introduction to Scholarly Writing:
Tips for Success General Resources for Writers To learn more about reading and writing critically, check the wealth of information offered at the Critical Thinking Consortium, particularly the link, “The Role of Questions in Thinking, Teaching, & Learning.” (Teachers might be particularly impressed with this site’s lesson plans and instructional design materials.) For excellent instructional material on essay writing and learning how to go beyond parroting someone else’s pabulum and turning it into your own golden prose, explore Empire State College’s essay writing section. There are many quality books on scholarly writing. Visit a large bookstore and leaf through the section on academic writing. Graduate students might want to start with a good college writing text such as ones by Diana Hacker or Toby Fulwiler. An inexpensive classic is Strunk and White’s Elements of Style (any edition will do). Also take a look at • Becker, H. (1986). Writing for social scientists. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. • Hoover, K., & Donovan, T. (2003). The elements of social scientific thinking (8th ed.). New York: St. Martin’s. Walden Resources for Writers The Walden Writing Center https://writingcenter.waldenu.edu/ The Walden Writing Center offers resources to help you with everything from starting to think about writing a course paper all the way through to finishing and publishing a dissertation. Writing Tutors If you need help with your writing, send an email message to the tutors at email@example.com. Writing Course If you are a graduate student and having difficulties with writing, consider taking SBSF 6000: Graduate Writing. Learn more about this course and related resources at https://inside.waldenu.edu/c/Student_Faculty/StudentFaculty_1459.htm .
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