Part 1: Evaluating (scholarly) information
General points to consider (see full details under blue tab titled "Critical Evaluation of Sources")
Points to consider when reviewing scholarly articles¹:
Concluding your review
(¹Modified from University of Alberta: http://www-bcf.usc.edu/~genzuk/Reviews_Journal_Articles.pdf)
Doing research when no longer an MSVU student (or open access sources)
PubMed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?db=pubmed PubMed comprises more than 22 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
PubMed Central: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/ PMC is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM). This is a sub-set of PubMed.
Cochrane Library: available from the Halifax Public Library Website and is accessible with your public library borrowing card (barcode number): http://www.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca/research/topics/health.html. This collection publishes the Cochrane Reviews, which are “systematic reviews of primary research in human health care and health policy, and are internationally recognized as the highest standard in evidence-based health care.”
Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.com/ Some links to free full-text. Acts as a citation index in that it indicates how many times an article has been cited.
Public Library of Science: http://www.plos.org/ A nonprofit advocacy organization that publishes peer reviewed journal articles in the fields of science and medicine.
Academic Libraries: while off-campus access to database is usually not available, you should be able to visit any academic library and use resources from a public workstation.
PubMed Central Canada: http://pubmedcentralcanada.ca/pmcc/ PMC Canada provides free access to a stable and permanent online digital archive of full-text peer-reviewed health and life sciences research publications. NOTE: At this time, PMC Canada only accepts submissions from CIHR funded Principal Investigators.