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NRS160 Research Skills Guide: Assessment 3

Assessment 3 - Applying the professional codes to practice

Assessment 3 asks you to read a short case study and answer two questions using credible sources to support your answers.

So, what does "credible sources" mean? It could include peer reviewed journal articles, but also textbooks, policy documents, and professional manuals that are reliable and authoritative. For more on how to tell what makes a resource reliable and credible, work through the Evaluate section of this guide. 

You will need to build on the topic searching skills you developed in the last assessment. You can use the page in this guide on Library Databases.

Sources of Journal Articles

There are two main sources of journal articles: Primo Search; and Library Databases.

Primo Search is the Library's main search tool: it's a great place to look for resources across the entire Library collection, and it's a great place to start your searching. You can refine your results to articles, or to articles from peer-reviewed journals. For more on Primo Search, go to the Primo Search page in this guide.

The size and extent of Primo Search, and the way the search tool works, can sometimes be a problem.

Library databases can help you get around that problem. They often focus on a specific subject area or type of resource, and have more sophisticated search functions, so your results should be more targeted.  For more on using databases, watch the short video below, and have a look at the page in this guide on Library databases.

journal articles & library databases

Code of Conduct ; Code of Ethics

To help you answer the questions set out in Assessment 2, you will need to refer to the following two policy documents:


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