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Steps for Getting Started

1. Before you do anything else, make sure to set up your library password.  Your library password will allow you to fully utilize the catalog and be able to use resources from off campus.  If you had another class with C.J., you probably already did this.  If you have any problems figuring out the password, please e-mail C.J.

2. Topic Selection: Many of you probably knew the minute Dr. Alberti started talking about this assignment what you would want to research, but if you are having problems coming up with a topic, please check out the Health and Wellness Center list of Diseases and Conditions or Science in Context Health and Medicine Section.

3. Gathering the epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, and diagnosis and management aspects:  In order to gather these parts, you'll want to try some places like the  Health and Wellness Center list of Diseases and Conditions as you will find an overview in there.  Also try searching the Gale Virtual Reference Library as many disease will be in those reference materials.  If you don't find your disease in either of those.  Try looking in The Merck Manual located at RC 55.M4 in the Reference Section of the library.  Depending on the condition, there may be an entire book on the subject, so try searching the Catalog as well.  

4. Current Research and Future Trends: To find the latest articles about your pathological condition, you'll need to look for journal articles.  Try the following databases:

5. Cite your sources in APA format.  If you need help with APA format, check out the page on APA to help get you started.  If you have any questions, stop by the Research Center on the 2nd floor of McQuade Library and ask!

6. Don't hesitate to contact your librarians to get some help!  We are available via e-mail or, chat, and phone.  CJ is at X5350.