Monthly Archives: May 2014

Monthly Archives: May 2014

Nursing Questions

Nursing Questions

Recently, we looked at how to do basic research.  Those techniques will serve you well any time you’re searching for information, but if you’re doing nursing research, there are several great tools available to you at IU East that will help you with this very specialized topic. Medicine is one of the fields where reliance on scholarly, vetted resources is the most important.  While there are a few trustworthy medical websites on the free web, such as PubMed and the Mayo Clinic, in general medical advice on the free internet should be avoided at all costs.  The practice of medicine is too complex, and situations too linked to individual patient histories, to trust an anecdotal story someone put up on … Continued
Business Questions

Business Questions

Last week, we looked at basic research.  But there are specialized tools for each academic discipline at IU East.  And while the basic searching techniques work in most databases, if you’re majoring in business and economics, you’ll want to use economics-oriented databases.  Fortunately, there are plenty of great sources for business news and research articles, like Business Source Premier or ABI/Inform (all of our business databases can be found here). So, using what we learned last week, if we had an economic question like “how is Obamacare expected to impact middle-income Americans?”  We would start with a database like Business Source Premier. We might use a search like: (obamacare OR affordable care act OR health care reform) AND (effect OR … Continued
Starting to Research

Starting to Research

Whether you’ve been a student for a long time or are just getting started, knowing how to do good research can be a challenge.  You’re probably great at finding movie times with Google, browsing Wikipedia for quick information, and maybe you even do your shopping or banking online.  So you know that you’re good with a computer.  But what about the next step?  In your classes, you’re often told that you can only use ‘scholarly’ sources, and professors reject web pages.  How do you distinguish what the scholarly sources are, and where to find them?  And how do you use them? IU East subscribes to a lot of high quality sources that are ideal to use in your academic work.  … Continued
For the Love of Cities…and Service

For the Love of Cities…and Service

  The wait is over and the “One book” selection for Fall 2014 has been announced! It is For the Love of Cities: the love affair between people and their places by Peter Kageyama.  The book examines what makes cities lovable, and what motivates residents to take action to make their community a better place to live. He explains the “continuum of engagement” and how to move from “functional” to “meaningful.” In chapter seven, Kageyama writes “A recurring thread in this book is the notion that small things, seemingly insignificant, can have disproportionate impacts…In making lovable cities, just as in making loving human relationships, little things matter–a lot.”  He calls them “love notes.” Right here at IU East we have … Continued