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Life, Society & Drugs: Appropriate Sources

This guides shows how to identify appropriate sources for Salt Lake Community College's Life, Society & Drugs course

Finding Articles to Use in HLTH 1050

The SLCC Library's databases are a wonderful jumping-off place for your research. They make is easy to filter your results and are completely free for students to use! Use this page to learn more about using Library resources to find appropriate sources for your HLTH 1050 assignments, and watch a step-by-step demonstration of finding an article using OneSearch. 

Remember that current students, faculty, and staff can access all electronic library resources off campus. When prompted, enter your MySLCC username and password, and you’re all set to explore our resources. For more detailed information on navigating Library databases, please visit the "Use Library Resource" page linked below.

Step-by-Step Searching Example

June 2024 Update: Please note that the EBSCO/OneSearch interface has changed. Demonstrated limiters may no longer match the current interface. Also, example articles shown in video may no longer be available.

Step-by-step example: Text version

Read through the detailed steps of finding an article on a sample topic or watch a video with the same steps. Our sample topic will be "the production of marijuana."

  1. I search OneSearch with the keywords: (marijuana OR cannabis) production.
  2. I "ex" out of the "Also search within the full text of the articles" expander on the left side of my results list. This removes articles that mention my search terms but aren't actually about my topic.
  3. I select "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" and update my publication date range to be from 2015 to the current year. 
    • Note: The video was produced in winter 2020. If you are looking for more recent information, I generally recommend looking in the past five years, but this will change based on your research topic.
  4. Looking at my results list, I see a title about cannabis cultivation in Greece, but I want to look further before selecting this article. 
  5. I scroll down until I see "Geography" on the left side. I choose "Show More," and select all of the non-U.S. countries.
  6. I don't like the search results I'm seeing, so I use a different search tip for finding internationally focused articles and add to my search terms. My new search string is: (marijuana OR cannabis ) production AND (global OR international OR worldwide).
  7. I scroll through the results list, noting the titles and whether they pique my interest and/or mention another country.
  8. I find a search result that sounds interesting: "Drug laws, bioprospecting and the agricultural heritage of Cannabis in Africa." 
  9. I open the result to check that it meets all of the criteria:
    • This article was published in a peer-reviewed academic journal, was written by an expert in environmental studies, and was not written as a broad overview for a general audience. This meets the scholarly source requirement.
    • Although the paper does not have sections labeled "methodology," "results," etc. it does report on the author's original research on the topic and also includes extensive references. This meets the primary research article requirement.
    • The author is from the United States, but the article is about cannabis decriminalization in African agriculture. This meets the international requirement.
  10. This article meets all of the criteria and is an appropriate source!

Duvall, Chris S. “Drug Laws, Bioprospecting and the Agricultural Heritage of Cannabis in Africa.” Space & Polity, vol. 20, no. 1, Apr. 2016, pp. 10–25. Academic Search Ultimate, https://doi.org/10.1080/13562576.2016.1138674.