From Google to Scholarly Articles

aa_addiction_stockxpertcom_id38751101_jpg_ Many students like to search Google, and indeed, it is ok to start there, even if you’re expected to cite scholarly sources. Say you’re investigating whether or not Alcoholics Anonymous is a successful treatment program. A typical student’s Google search might be: “Does Alcoholics Anonymous work?” When we try that search, the first hit is a Scientific American article, “Does Alcoholics Anonymous Work?”  Scientific American is a credible source but it isn’t considered scholarly so you can’t cite it in your paper, but it can still help. Reading the Scientific American article you learn that AA is a form of “facilitation therapy”. You also pick up the word efficacy (similar in meaning to effectiveness). Now you have some good keywords to use, try a library database. A good one to choose, and one that appears on many of the Human Services subject guides is Proquest Nursing and Allied Health. Search “facilitation therapy” and efficacy and find articles like this: Integrated cognitive behavioral therapy versus twelve-step facilitation therapy for substance-dependent adults with depressive disorders, in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. The results list also has some articles about Project Match, a research study mentioned in the article.  This is just one way to tackle the scholarly resources problem, ask at the library for more help if you need it.

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