Research is non-linear process. Keep an open mind and explore.
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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: aging and encyclopedias). This also applies to "dictionaries" and "video".
Tip: Many off-topic resources appear if you enter "aging" . If you type "aging physiolog* ", you will find more relevant material. You can further narrow the search using the refinements listed on the left side of the results screen. Try limiting to more current publications 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 encyclopedia article about aging or gerontology can give you options when you do a search in any database.
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