Did you know that you must cite all of your sources when you use a PowerPoint in your presentation?
When in doubt—cite it!
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Follow these simple DO's and DONT's for a successful presentation:
Remember, it's not just what you say, it's how you say it!
Finkelstein, E. (2003). 44 tips and tricks to help turbocharge your PowerPoint presentations. Successful Meetings, 52(12), S8. Retrieved from http://www.successfulmeetings.com
Mandel, S. (2000). Effective Presentation Skills. Menlo Park, CA: Crisp Publications, Inc. PN4121.M35
You must find one article to share with the class for your seminar presentation. Where should you start your search?
If you have consulted a quality secondary source on your theory (like a book or website), you can use the reference lists at the end of the chapter or page to find research articles related to the theory.
For example, here is an excerpt from the reference list of a chapter on Madeleine Leininger and transcultural nursing theory:
When you find a reference for a particular article and want to look it up, use the Journals tab on the library homepage to search for the name of the journal (in this example, Journal of Transcultural Nursing). This will lead you to the full-text electronic or print version of the article, if the library has access.
When conducting your search, remember to put each concept into a separate search row. For example:
We have three concepts here: theory (transcultural nursing), area of practice (acute care), and population (Hispanic or Latino).
You don't have to follow this exact formula; just remember that the ANDs go down and the ORs go across, and each major idea or concept gets its own row.
Another helpful resource for finding scholarly articles, this ProQuest database works in the same way as CINAHL. One difference: When using ProQuest, you must put phrases "in quotation marks".
Again, see that the theory is kept in its own search box, and any other terms that you add to your search belong in the rows underneath.
Use an asterisk (*) to search for alternate endings of a word. Instead of nursing, write nurs* to search for nurse, nurses, nursed, and nursing.
While you may often use acronyms & abbreviations in your everyday practice (NICU, DVT, ED), remember that scholarly articles often use the full technical term. Try spelling out the search terms and see how the results differ from just using acronyms.
If you don't get a good enough result with your first try, don't give up! Brainstorm synonyms or other ways of describing the terms you used. Combine them into one row and separate them with OR. For example, if you search hospice and don't get enough results, try hospice OR palliative OR end-of-life. Since databases search for exactly what you type in, you need to add in the synonyms yourself.