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Integrative Healthcare 1600 : Herbal Medicine: Home

Course guide for ITP 1600 (Metropolitan State University of Denver).

In This Guide...

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.

Welcome to the Library

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

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  • 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.

Ask for help at any time!

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 CAM on PubMed to identify recent medical research in conditions associated with herbal medicines.

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: 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.