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    • Basic Research: Health and Biomedical InformationLesson 1A Warner Memorial Library PresentationEastern University, St. Davids, PA
    • with Mark D. PuterbaughInformation Services Librarianmputerba@eastern.edu610-341-1461
    • Let’s Begin!
      Writing a college research paper is a complex undertaking. Students must approached in a logical manner. There is process of research and preparation of a paper that saves time and increases the quality of results.
      In this first lesson we discuss how to define the research topic and begin the research process. The objective is to have the student organize their thoughts in order to make the process easier.
    • Lesson 1: Identify and Develop the Topic
      Selecting a topic for a research paper is a difficult matter. If you have the option of selecting to choose your own, always make it is a subject that interests you. Satisfying your curiosity makes the work much more enjoyable and you may already know a great deal about the topic.
      However, it is necessary for you to "think through" the different aspects of your research while gathering materials and writing the paper. Is your theme too broad or is it too narrow? Are there adequate resources available to you in order to develop the topic? Is there enough time to develop this theme into a paper for your class?
    • A. State precisely the subject to be explored.
      Test yourself to see what you already know about the topic.
      Create a list of words that you feel are relevant to your research interest. The more you can focus your thoughts the easier the research will be.
      I’ll demonstrate using the word list in a database search!
    • B. State the topic as a question.
      You are writing about this topic for a reason. It's either your own interest or something your professor feels that you should know. Focus your thoughts by determining what is the information that you want to learn from the research.
      Construct questions that ask "What do I want to know about this topic? What outcomes do I want from this research?
    • Here are a few examples based on the searches above:
      • How do the elderly cope with insulin-dependence on their own?
      • Does “self-care” give the insulin-dependent elderly a sense of empowerment over their disease?
      • What are the social implications of insulin-dependence for the elderly?
      I’ll demonstrate how this might work for you.
    • C. Refine your ideas about the topic.
      Ask yourself, "What type of information do I need for this topic?" Once you have formulated a topic question or proposition you can determine the type of information that you will need to develop a theme.
    • Case Report (or series) - descriptive study of a group of people, usually receiving the same treatment or with the same disease.
    • Clinical Practice Guideline - systematically developed statements to assist practitioner and patient making decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances.
    • Evidence-based Medicine - articles that reflect the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients.
    • Technical Report - documents that describe the process, progress, and or results of technical or scientific research or the state of a technical or scientific research problem.
    • OTHER?
    • D. Focus your ideas!
      Focus your ideas by asking yourself, "Where would I find information for this topic?"
      In the Library? Are there books, journals or media that I need?
      In a Library database? Are there e-books, e-journals or other assets available on-line to develop my theme?
      Are there other library services or Internet sites that will yield useful ideas .
    • End of Lesson 1Please answer the questions for this lesson.After completing the questions begin Lesson 2.