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Health Care: Start Your Assignment

Browse the Shelves

General materials on Medicine and Health can be found in the R section of the shelves.

RA Public aspects of medicine

RG Obstetrics

RJ Pediatrics

RM Theraputics, pharmacology

RT Nursing

RX Homeopathy

RZ Other systems of medicine

Materials on Science are under Q.

QM Anatomy

QP Physiology

RADP Class Assignment

Click for the Health Resources Credibility quiz

General Resources

Credo Reference has created topic pages for a wide range of health-related subjects. Find links to some of the different general resources to get started on research in health.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Search dictionaries and encyclopedias one keyword, concept or term at a time

How to Start Your Research Assignment

What do you have to do to successfully complete this assignment? How long will each step take you?

Make a list of the tasks you need to accomplish. Set a schedule to finish each task. Put the schedule into your calendar.

Is your topic the right size? Most students choose a topic that is too large. Doing some presearch on your topic can help you get the big picture and understand what narrower topics are available.

Reference resources help you get started on a new topic, answer quick questions, and/or point you to further resources. Examples of reference resources include:
Almanacs - Atlases - Dictionaries - Encyclopedias - Handbooks - Indexes - Thesauri

Wikipedia is a crowd-sourced encyclopedia. Credo Reference is a collection of all of the above.

What questions will you need to answer to write about your topic? What information will you need to find to support your argument?

Make a list to help guide your research.


It's true - keywords are the key to success when it comes to research. Generating a list of keywords before you start searching - and adding to the list as you go - will make you an efficient, effective searcher. If you can't find what your looking for, it's probably due to bad keywords. 

  1. Write down your topic.
  2. Identify which of the words you've written can be used as keywords. Hint: pick only ones with meaning directly connected to your topic. Ex. Are safe-injection sites good for Vancouver
  3. Brainstorm synonyms, broader & narrower and related words. Ex. safe-injection sites = Insite, needle exchanges; Vancouver = Lower Mainland, Canada, BC, British Columbia, Fraser Health


What kind of resources are you able to use for this assignment?  Where can you find these kinds of resources?

  • academic vs popular
  • primary vs secondary
  • media 
  • reports and data

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