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Integrative Healthcare 3800 : Stress and Sleep : Impact on Health and Disease: Home

Course guide for ITP 3800 (Metropolitan State University of Denver).

Research Tips

  • Have a well defined research question
  • Identify a number of different databases to search
  • Identify keywords and subject terms that are linked in the best articles
  • Find the major authors and journals in your topic area
  • Keep a record of your research (the research log) and save your searches
  • For extensive research use a citation managing tool such as EndNote or Zotero.

The Research Topic

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. 

  • The Auraria Library offers great resources for finding and researching your topic.
  • You can search for subject encyclopedias and browse the current periodicals area to see what other researchers are doing.
  • You can also search databases such as PubMed to identify recent medical research in conditions associated with 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.

Locating Background or General Information

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".

  • Encyclopedia of stress, in Reference in the Library at REF QP82.2.S8 E53 2000
  • Encyclopedia of trauma and traumatic stress disorders, 2nd floor in the Library at BF175.5.P75 D63 2010  
  • Encyclopedia of sleep and sleep disorders, 2nd floor in the Library at RC547 .Y34 2010

To find books or articles available through the Library, you might try a subject search (on the Library homepage) for your research topic (enter, su:sleep or su:sleep stress). 

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

Subject Guide