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Education Guidelines and Helpful Aids

Research Educational Snippets

Getting Started

Here are the essential and initial steps needed in order to participate and conduct research through the department of Graduate Medical Education at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

  1. Organizing a Research Paper (
  2. Study Designs (

Evaluating your Sources

These links provide tips on how to determine if a source is reputable.

  1. Purdue OWL Evaluation of Sources (
  2. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (

Citing Sources

When determining which format to use when citing sources, check with your advisor or department to see if there is a preferred method. If your department does not have a preferred format, look at the format used by the journals you are considering to have publish your paper.

  1. AMA Citation (
  2. Purdue OWL APA & MLA Citations (
  3. Manage articles/literature review with these free applications. These apps automatically save documents in one location and builds your reference page and fills in in-text citations as you complete your paper.
    1. Zotero (
    2. Mendeley (

Helpful Hints

  1. Research Forum - Forum for tips/hints/a way for students to communicate with each other about their research.
  2. Review your study design and how you will run analysis of your data AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE AND BEFORE you start collecting data.
  3. When submitting application for IRB approval, submit at least one month prior to the committee meeting.
  4. Be aware that it takes several months to obtain IRB approval (approximately 3 months on average). Take this into consideration when planning out your study and determining when to start data collection.