Applying Library Research Skills

Applying Library Research Skills

You have already selected your current health care problem or issue from the provided options for this assignment. Research your topic, and develop an annotated bibliography documenting your resources. Reminder: Your selected problem or issue will be used again in the Week 9 assignment. The purpose of an annotated bibliography is to document a list of research references, along with key information about each; the detail about the reference is the annotation. Developing this annotated bibliography will create a foundation of knowledge about your chosen problem or issue.

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Prepare

You were introduced to this assignment in Weeks 2 and 3, where you were asked to conduct research in the Capella library to find a total of four scholarly, peer-reviewed articles in relation to your selected health care problem or issue  for your annotated bibliography. If you do not have three articles located at this point, make sure you to so you can develop your annotated bibliography. Conduct a library search and refer to the appropriate library guide for your program, as needed (the Health Care Administration Undergraduate Library Research Guide, Public Health Undergraduate Library Research Guide, or the Nursing (BSN) Library Research Guide). Review journal articles published within the past three years.

Write Your Paper

Write a 2–4 page paper in which you address the following:

Topic Identification

Identify the health care topic you have chosen to research.

  • Write a brief overview of the selected problem or issue.
  • Describe your interest regarding the selected problem or issue.
  • Describe any professional experience related to the selected problem or issue.
Discussion of Research

For each of the four resources you have chosen to include in your annotated bibliography, review your research and selection process.

  • Apply academic peer-reviewed journal articles relevant to the health care problem or issue you are researching.      
    • Identify the keywords you used to select the articles.
    • Describe the criteria you used to select the resources, including the names of the databases you used.
  • Assess the credibility of the information sources.      
    • Determine if each resource 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.
  • 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 resource provides.
Annotated Bibliography

Analyze each of the four academic, peer-reviewed journal articles you chose, using the annotated bibliography organizational format.

  • List each full reference in APA format, followed immediately by its annotation.      
    • Present your four annotated references in alphabetical order, according to the reference citation. 
    • Double-space each reference and format it with a hanging indent.
    • Provide the full APA reference citation, including the author, date, title, publisher or publication, and any additional information required by APA style. 
  • Write the annotation for each citation in paragraph form, using approximately 150 words (or 1–3 paragraphs). Include the following components for each annotation:      
    • Identify the purpose of the article.
    • Summarize the article.
    • Include the conclusions and findings of the article.
Summary

Summarize what you learned from developing the annotated bibliography.

Academic Requirements

Your academic writing is expected to conform to the following requirements:

  • Writing: Produce text with minimal grammar, usage, spelling, and mechanical errors.
  • Sources: Integrate into text appropriate use of scholarly sources, evidence, and citation style. Use the APA Style and Format guidelines provided. 
  • Formatting: Include a title page and reference page, Times New Roman, 12 point.
  • Length: Complete at least 2–4 typed, double-spaced pages, not including the title page and reference page.
  • ​References: Although you are citing your three scholarly or academic peer-reviewed journal articles within the Annotated Bibliography section of this paper, be sure to also list your citations on a reference page at the end of your paper, along with any other resources you may have included.

Example assignment: You may use the Applying Library Research Skills Example Assignment [PDF] to give you an idea of what a “Proficient” or higher rating on the scoring guide would look like.

Submit your paper as an attached Word document.

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