Databases/Indexes: Recommends scholarly resources on herbal medicine.
Professional journals: Recommends journals from scholarly and professional sources focused on herbal medicine.
Local resources: Points you to two excellent libraries in the Denver Metro area with many resources on herbal medicine.
Research is non-linear process. Keep an open mind and explore.
Ask for help at any time!
Refining your research question to one that is well-focused and specific is the key to reducing frustration and stress.
Tip: In the discussion section of many research articles, the author proposes further areas of inquiry.
Tip: When you're searching topics in PubMed and find a promising article, try clicking the "related articles" link to the right of the citation.
Reference books such as specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries are great for finding what you need to support your thesis or to collect background material for your research. You can search our catalog from the Library homepage using your term combined with terms like "encyclopedias" or "handbooks" to pull up reference works (example: herbal medic* AND encyclopedias or alternative medicine AND encyclopedias). This also applies to "dictionaries" and "video".
To find books or articles available through the Library, try a subject search for your research topic (example: herbal medicine). Then limit the results to the appropriate discipline, such as biology or economics.
Tip: You can narrow the search using the refinements listed on the left side of the results screen. Try limiting to more current publications or a certain type of publication article or book. Or choose a different narrower topic (e.g., "geriatric cardiology").
Tip: Knowing the vocabulary of the subject you are researching in very helpful. Scanning the index or table of contents of your textbook for unfamiliar words or reading an article about herbal medicines can give you options when you do a search in any database.