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This guide was created to assist students taking this course to locate and evaluate health information.
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Getting Started

Welcome!  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 and social care 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 UM Libraries' resources.

Begin your research in 9 steps:

  1. Choose a research question.
  2. Think of unique words, distinctive names, abbreviations, or acronyms.
  3. Become familiar with the phrases and concepts using background information.
  4. Discover variations of spelling (use Bollean operator OR).
  5. Still stuck? Use broader terms.
  6. Learn as you go and vary your approach with what you learn.
  7. Don't bog down in any strategy that doesn't work. Switch from search engines to databases and back.
  8. Return to previous strategies better informed.
  9. Don't forget to cite your sources in the bibliography.

If you are having trouble with any aspect of what has been covered in this guide, don't hesitate to contact a reference librarian. The librarian covering the School of Public Health is Nedelina Tchangalova ( - feel free to email, call, or just drop by for assistance in finding and evaluating articles, properly citing your references, etc. Visit my office hour on Wednesdays, 2-3 pm at the School of Public Health, Room 0226.

Reference librarians are here to assist faculty and students at the University of Maryland in finding appropriate sources of information for their specific needs - so take advantage of this resource.

Still have questions?

No problem, you have a selection of campus departments and websites to assist you:

  • University of Maryland Libraries: Ask Us!
    Get your research questions answered through chat, email, phone, drop in at the Information desk or make an appointment.
  • The Writing Center
    This office is small but mighty! Click here to get information on their location and hours. Then stop by or make an appointment in order to improve your writing skills for any major.


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