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Integrative Healthcare 4300 : Botanical Pharmacology: Home

Course guide for ITP 4300 (Metropolitan State University of Denver).

Navigating Library Research

Navigating Library Research is a not-for-credit course offered by the Auraria Library. Completing one or more units of Navigating Library Research is a great way to build up your research skills.  You're welcome to work through the course on your own.  Please contact the Library if you need assistance or suggestions.

Welcome to the Library

Research is non-linear process.  Keep an open mind and explore.


  • Have a well defined reseach 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.

The research topic

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.

Subject Guide