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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

  1. Have a well defined research question
  2. Identify a number of different databases to search
  3. Identify keywords and subject terms that are linked in the best articles
  4. Find the major authors and journals in your topic area
  5. Keep a record of your research by saving your searches in a table with the database you searched
  6. 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!

Use the chat box to the right 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.

Keywords and Sample Searches on Stress and Sleep

Specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries are great for finding and becoming familiar with a new topic and for background material. Search 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".

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