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Physical Therapist Assistant - Researching in the Technical Phase

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Stretching exerciseThis guide is provided to offer sources for research on topics related to the Physical Therapist Assistant program. 

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What's Inside:

Find Articles - A selection of "best bet" databases to use when looking for journal articles.

Find Books - Suggested books, and online catalog search help tips.

Find Video - Suggested online videos and video search.

Find Web Pages - Free study sets and tips for online searching.

AMA Style Citation - Citation Guides for formatting papers.

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Science News Literacy and the Scientific Method

Know how to verify legitimate scientific claims, and debunk junk science.

The Problem of Bad Science:Simple model of scientific method

"'Bad Science' Is Everywhere. What Can We Do to Stop Its Spread?" 

"Why most published research findings are false" (2005)

"Even in 2015, the public doesn't trust scientists"

Addressing the Problem:

The Center for Open Science - Providing an infrastructure for detailed reporting scientific experiments and and the promotion of reproducible discoveries.

Unpaywall - Browser plugin that allows legal and free access to full texts of peer reviewed journal articles. Best when paired with the Open Access Button - Free, legal research articles and data delivered instantly or automatically requested from authors.

Little Maxima - Virtual Reality News Reader

The C.R.A.P. test, explained (video) - Evaluating sources by Currency, Reliability, Authority, and Purpose/Point of view.

More on the Scientific Method. From Dziak, M. (2014). Scientific method. Salem Press Encyclopedia Of Science.