This Web page contains links to electronic and print resources to assist students with the research process for assignments in ENGL 395: Writing for the Health Professions class. For a complete list of electronic resources available, as well as information about the full range of library materials and services, consult the UM Libraries' home page.
Because of licensing agreements, access to most bibliographic databases and electronic journals is restricted to UM faculty, staff, and students. These may be accessed from off campus, using your Directory ID and password.
Before You Begin
Here is a step-by-step guide to performing academic research using resources in the UM Libraries and on the Internet.
This tutorial on doing academic research in health will give you some ideas on how to get started and where to look for information at different stages in your research. Start your research by exploring the following resources:
Begin your research in nine steps:
- Choose a research question
- Think of unique words, distinct names, abbreviations, or acronyms.
- Become familiar with the phrases and concepts using background information.
- Discover variations of spelling (use Bollean operator OR).
- Still stuck? Use broader terms.
- Learn as you go and vary your approach with what you learn.
- Don't get bogged down in any strategy that doesn't work. Switch from search engines to databases and back.
- Return to previous strategies better informed.
- Don't forget to cite your sources in the bibliography.
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