Doing research is similar to solving a mystery. It is non-linear, time intensive, and can be both exciting and tedious. It also becomes easier with practice. Give yourself time and ask for help when you need it!
Use the chat box to the left or contact us another way. Search these research guides for your topic using the search box above just below the More resources tab.
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: stress and encyclopedias). This also applies to "dictionaries" and "video".
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 encyclopedia article about stress or sleep can give you options when you do a search in any database