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Health Sciences Research: Where to Start

Choosing the best database or resource for your research needs can be overwhelming! Use this page to help you find what you need.

Start Here!

When you first start out with a new research topic, you may not know a ton about it, and that can make searching a frustrating process. Starting with the overview resources that you'll find on this page will make your life easier! These sources help you answer the big picture questions such as, 'how is this condition diagnosed/managed/treated?'

A few example questions that would be best answered by the resources on this page is:

  • "I have to write a paper about MRSA, but I really don't know where to start."
  • "How does gestational diabetes get diagnosed?"
  • "What are treatment options for generalized anxiety disorders?"

Quick Information

Point of care tools are designed to be used by healthcare providers at, well, the point of care. This means that the information will be succinct and not in a typical article format. These are great places to start your research, as they provide a nice overview without making you wade through tons of articles. 

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Online Textbooks

Textbooks also offer useful overview information without getting into too many specific details, or overwhelming you with research methodology. You don't even need to visit the library in person, as many of these books are fully accessible online.

Review Articles

Review articles normally give you a nice overview of a topic, which can be a very useful thing!


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