Use this guide to learn or review all the steps of doing library research (finding articles, books, data, etc.) There are detailed steps, with pictures, for searching in several of our major health sciences databases, including Medline, CINAHL, and SocIndex. Most databases search similarly, but the details of the options and features may be different.
If this is your first time, or want a comprehensive review, work through the tabs step by step from left to right. You can also go right to the section that you need help with.
If you have trouble, need more explanations, or just aren't finding what you need
ASK FOR HELP!
Rebecca Hedreen, Sciences Librarian, and Lisa Bier, Social Sciences Librarian, can help you with health science library research. See our contact information on the right of this page. Anyone at the Reference Desk on the first floor of the library (203-392-5732, text 'scsu' and question to 66746, or email firstname.lastname@example.org) can also help get you started or explain anything in this guide.
Most useful health science information is contained in Journal Articles. Books may give history, background, and policy considerations, but are not usually up to date. Newspaper and magazine articles give summaries and interpretations, but are prone to simplify (and sometimes distort) health research. Medical dictionaries and encyclopedias are also good for explaining basic concepts, but won't have the most up to date information or go in depth into the topics.
This guide will concentrate on finding journal articles, especially research articles, using several health topics as examples. You can work along with the guide by opening a separate window or tab in your browser to the library homepage now or using the links anywhere in this guide, which will open in a new window/tab. You will be able to switch back and forth between this guide and the databases, working through the steps.