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MDTC 471: Clinical Seminar: Session Introduction & Assignment

This guide can help you:

Form an approach to initiating an assignment.
Identify the use of information sources based on the type of information (i.e. books for background)
Use keywords from a research question or statement to search.
Distinguish differences between popular and scholarly articles.
Explore topics for your paper or project. What motivates you?
Explore the library's information resources.
Start to gather information for an assignment.

Information Cycle


This guide is created for students in MDTC 471: CLINICAL SEMINAR course. 
The guide designed to help you find information, books, schoarly articles, websites, reference sources, citation styles information and more in the field of Medical Laboratory Science available through the SU Libraries print and online resources. Please use the tabs at the top for additional resources.
If you have any questions about the content, please feel free to contact me. 


Learning Activities:

1. Lecture:           Review of Library Services and Websites, presented by Moushumi Chakraborty

2. Reading:           Articles as selected by the student

3. Activities:        Library Log

                                Super Case Study


Cognitive Objectives:

After using information presented via lecture and online resources for the class library page, the student will demonstrate achievement of the objectives below such that a minimum average of 70% on all evaluative measures as described in the course syllabus is earned.


With the skills you learn from your library session, you will be required to locate an appropriate article AND an appropriate website to use as you write up ONE of your case studies.  The article and website will be used for a “super” case study.  The case study is to follow Council of Science Editors (CSE), citation-sequence format, and proper citation is required to achieve full points.  The majority of the grade for this assignment will be on style, format, and appropriately including the article and website.  A quick guide may be accessed with examples from the editors at the University of Chicago Press at:


When you turn in the case study, you also need to submit a copy of the article you found.  You may use more than one article &/or website if desired.  The case study will be worth 50 points for this course (note: the most efficient plan is to write up one of the required case studies in this format) and is due no later than 5/16/18 at 11:59 pm.  Please note: if you come across a unique case study and would like to submit it for publication, an alternative citation format will be allowed that is consistent with the journal to which you wish to submit.

A goal for this assignment is to demonstrate you are able to find a relevant primary research article(s) for a topic of interest, critically examine an article, and use the information provided to expand upon topics, testing, or treatment as it pertains to the laboratory.  The appropriate inclusion of a primary research article for this assignment will include using the main outcomes/results from the article as they pertain to your specific topic.  Example: your case study is on CLL and you are discussing a testing method that was used: ZAP-70 expression.  You find an article that did primary research related to testing and prognosis that was not discussed in lecture or in detail in your text.  You should include in your paper key findings from the article as they relate to that testing and the disease state.  If you are in doubt please ask the instructor. 

An appropriate website would be one that is from a reputable source with valid information.  Wikipedia would not be an appropriate website.  The various National Institutes of Health would be an example of an appropriate website.

Combined with taking the Research Quizzes and submitting the BNP article assignment, these activities will count 30% of the final grade.


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