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NURSNG 616: Self-Paced Library Assignment

Reference Librarian

Tina Mullins



Image: What is Evidenced-Based Practice?

This site provides step-by-step instruction and links to the resources you’ll need to successfully complete the Nursng 616 Self-Paced Library Assignment. 

Its purpose is to establish a foundation for Nursing 616 students to build upon as they undertake the kind of rigorous, academic research that is expected at the graduate level of study. 

The Learning Outcome skills, directly below, are key to performing a relevant and systematic review of the literature and critical for researching and writing a scholarly, academic paper.   

Learning Outcomes: (a) construct a targeted, academic search centered on a particular topic; (b) specify and refine the search to get the most efficient yield; (c) save search results to Mendeley or Zotero; (d) convert the citation/reference style to an appropriate health science citation style (e.g. APA or AMA); and (e) export references from Mendeley or Zotero to a Word document. 

Mastering these abilities contributes to your success as a UMass Boston scholar. 

Feel free to do this assignment individually or in a group.

The goal is to learn to search for articles effectively and to use an electronic citation manager.

Step 1

In preparation for the actual assignment, first complete Step 1 (A) and (B) below:

(A) Review the readings from:

Polit, D. F., & Beck, C. T. (2018). Essentials of nursing research: Appraising evidence for nursing practice. (9th ed.) Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Chapter 18

For DNP students only

Dearholt, S.L., & Dang, D.  (2018). Johns Hopkins nursing evidence-based practice: Model and Guidelines (3rd ed.). Indianapolis: Sigma Theta Tau International

(B) Library Research

To become familiar with some of the University Library's key services and resources, review the Library's guide to Graduate Studies Research

Once you have completed Step 1 (A) and (B) above, continue to Step 2.

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