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Rhile - The Science of Drugs and Related Issues: Selecting a topic

Selecting a Topic

Selecting a Topic - Background Information and Topic Overview

Browse a subject-specific encyclopedia. A good encyclopedia can provide beginning researchers with the following:

  • an overview of a topic and how it fits into the broader picture,
  • the various aspects of a topic to help broaden or narrow the area of research,
  • the vocabulary associated with the topic to help identify appropriate keywords to use at the computer,
  • the names of important people, companies or places involved with the topic,
  • a bibliography to lead to other relevant items on the topic, including major studies, books, articles and researchers.

Some good examples are:

  • Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol and Addictive Behavior. [Ref 362.293 E56C2 2000] 4 vols.
  • MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia, includes over 4,000 articles about medicine and allied fields.

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