Genetic Disorders Research

Finding and Citing Scholarly Sources

Your Task

  • To find credible research material from scientific journals
  • To present your findings to your class
  • To document your sources in APA format

STEP ONE: Selecting Credible Resources

A simple Google search will not be adequate for senior-level science courses. Do not use non-academic, unapproved sites for research, especially in the senior grades. If your source of information is not credible, valid and reliable, then whatever opinion, explanation or description you write based on it can simply be dismissed as invalid. Wikipedia is NOT a valid source!


You want to find sources that are:

  • current (most recent research yields newer, more valid findings)

  • peer-reviewed (work done by academics, and peer-reviewed by fellow scholars)

  • respected (reputable sources such as journals or select online databases)

Recommended Resources

PubMed Advanced Search Builder

STEP TWO: Document your sources

Make Research Notes

  1. Login to your dpcloud account and open a Word document. This way you can share your file with your group members.
  2. List your citation in APA format so that you remember which information came from which source.
  3. Take point form notes beneath each citation.
  4. Be sure to quote any information worded directly from the source. Provide a page number if your journal article is paginated.

Step Three: References

Now that you have done the research, it is time to create your PowerPoint presentations. Be sure to use APA format when presenting material you have researched. As well, create a References page, listing all your sources. The links below will lead you to samples of how to format your work.
Purdue OWL: APA Style

This is an excellent site to help you correctly cite and format your work according to APA style.

SJA Essay and Research Guide

The SJA Essay and Research Guide is a useful tool to help you format your work. Pages 6-29 focus on APA style.