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Medical Research Basics

Tips for finding the resources you need

Welcome to Medical Research Basics

To supplement your course readings or to get started with your research project, UNic's Library Search gateway is the best way to find book,s ebooks, journal articles, databases and more... 

Use UNic's Library Search catalogue to find...

‚ÄčTo find ebooks and/or journal articles, enter your keywords and select E-resources from drop down menu   

To limit your search to only eBooks  or only journal articles, select SOURCE TYPES from the left column of the search page to limit your search for one or both, or to any another type of E-resource listed.
To access full text of eBooks or ejournal articles, use your OpenAthens log in  details. See video.




 To see if the library subscribes or provides open access to a specific journal title, search the publication list

journal title search

You can search within the specific journal for content you want or select full text access to see how far back the online subscription goes.         If you need an article that does not appear within our coverage range, please contact the library for assistance.         

Find a book on the library shelf to begin your research via the Library catalogue



5 steps to good research

Research is an ongoing scholarly process that uses specific methods to answer questions or solve problems. The goal of research is to develop, refine or create knowledge. Starting your assignment with a well-defined research question will help provide clarity and focus as you look for information. Posing a research question will also assist you as you write by helping to avoid the tendency to write an “all about” essay instead of answering a question that interests you.


Defining your question

idea lightbulbTo focus your research ask yourself

1. What aspect of the topic interests me? Look for background information on a topic using general
reference sources such as: medical textbooks, dictionaries, Wikipedia etc.

    Break down the topic into its narrower aspects and choose one that interests you.

E.g. kidney diseases> chronic kidney disease(ckd) > how is it diagnosed?

2.  To start your search for books, ebooks and ejournal articles, use the UNic library catalogue 

3. Think of words that describe your topic

E.g. chronic kidney disease, diagnosis    

4.  Once you have decided on the keywords that describe your research, use the catalogue to the find resource you need.

5. If you want  an electronic resource, watch video to learn how to access full text via OpenAthens.