Research Log Project Part 2 for
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Instructions: Work through each step of this log, answering each question as the directions indicate. Step 1 is not graded. Steps 2 through 5 will each receive a grade, and the sum of these grades will constitute your total grade for Research Log Project Part 2. Refer to the section on how each step of the log will be graded for detailed grading information.
Step 1: Thinking Back to Research Log Project Part 1
A. Research Question
Record your research question from Research Project Log Part 1 (Step 1)
1. What kind of treatment is available for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder?

B. Original Search Statement
Record your original search statement from Research Log Project Part 1 (Step 3)
Jongsma, A., Peterson, M. & Bruce, T.J. (2014). The Complete Adult Psychotherapy Treatment Planner. New Jersey: Wiley.
How will Step 1 be graded?
Step 1 will not receive a grade.

Step 2: Library Database Search
A. Database Search
Use the search statement you recorded in Step 1, Part B to search in one of the following library databases:
• Academic Search Complete
• MasterFILE Premier
Which database did you search?
B. Review Search Results
Review the search results from the database search you performed in Step 2, Part A and answer all of the following questions:
Were you able to successfully use the search statement from Step 1, Part B in the database, or did you receive an error/search failed message when trying your search?
Yes, I was able to successfully use the original search statement from Step 1, Part B in the database. No, the search was unsuccessful and I received an error/search failed message.

If you received an error/search failed message from the database, were you able to identify the problem with your search statement?
N/A—I did not receive an error/search failed message. Yes, I was able to identify why I received an error/search failed message. No, I was unable to identify why I received an error/search failed message.

Did you have to revise the search statement you created in Step 1, Part B in order to retrieve search results in the database search you performed in Step 2, Part A?
Yes, I had to revise the search statement in order to retrieve relevant search results in the database. No, I did not have to revise the search statement in order to retrieve relevant search results in the database.

Identify and list additional keywords that you may use to search further on this topic by reviewing article titles, article abstracts, subject headings, and the articles themselves.
Hint: Refer to Week 2 for a review of databases, including subject headings in databases.

C. Revised Search Statement
Review your instructor’s comments from Research Log Project Part 1 for ways to improve your search statement. Review the additional keywords you identified in the box above (in Step 2, Part B). Based on this information, enter a revised search statement in the box below, using more effective search terms and techniques.
Hint: The revised search statement must be different in some way than the search statement that you used in Research Log Project Part 1 (Step 3) and recorded above in Step 1, Part B. Review the hints and examples in Research Log Project Part 1. For example, you might add, subtract, or change alternative search terms, or you might alter your use of truncation to discover more focused, relevant results. Refer to Week 1 for a review of Boolean operators, search statements, and advanced searching techniques.

Step 3: Subject Guide Search
Try your search statement in a different library database than the one you searched in Step 2, Part A. Consult a subject guide on the Library website appropriate to your research question to help you identify the relevant databases in which to research your topic.
A. Subject Guide
What is the name of the subject guide you used to locate an appropriate database in which to search?
Example: Guide to Linguistics Resources
Hint: Refer to Week 2 for a review of subject guides.

B. Database Name
What is the name of the database in which you searched?
Example: AnthroSource
Hint: This must be a different database than Academic Search Complete or MasterFILE Premier.

C. Search Statement
Enter the search statement you used to successfully search the database.
Hint: You can use the revised search statement that you recorded above (Step 2, Part C) or a new, further revised search statement. This must be the statement that you used to get the results recorded in Step 5 below.

Step 4: Select a Relevant Article
A. Citation Information
From the search results you retrieved in Step 3, select a full-text, in-depth article that is relevant to your research question. The article should not just be a brief overview of the topic but rather should address the key concepts of your research question and be as in-depth as possible, preferably written by an expert or credentialed author(s) in the field. Record the citation information in the spaces below.
Hint: Do NOT select newspaper or popular magazine articles, encyclopedia entries, or very brief journal articles (including editorials or letters to the editor), that would be useful only for background research. The article must be an in-depth article on your topic.
Article Title

Periodical/Publication Title (e.g., Harvard Business Review).

B. Article Type
Is the source (periodical/publication) of the article scholarly, trade, or popular?
Hint: Refer to table 2.4 in Week 2 for a review of periodical literature types. Consult the database Ulrichsweb Global Serial Directory for assistance if needed.
How can you tell?
Hint: Review the article itself to describe the characteristics of the periodical type in more detail.

C. Database
In which UMUC library database did you find the full text of the selected article?

Step 5: Article Evaluation
A. Evaluate the Article Content
Using the general evaluation criteria described in Week 3, explain in the boxes below how the article you selected meets each of the criteria (authority, reliability, coverage, and currency). Describe each aspect of your selected article in detail.
Hint: Refer to the table 3.2, which describes authority, reliability, coverage, and currency.




B. Article Relevancy
Explain why you selected this particular article (Step 4) and how it is relevant to your research question. What are some specific points the article made that would assist you in writing a paper that addresses your research question? Your response must be at least two complete sentences.
Hint: Refer to Week 3 for information on analyzing sources and evaluating content.

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