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WHSL Introduction to Research in the Biomedical Sciences: 5. Finding Additional Information on the Internet

Helpful information for undertaking the research process in the biomedical sciences

Searching the Web

Everyone is aware of and uses Google and its branches, Google ScholarGoogle BooksGoogle NewsYouTube, etc., to search and find information on the open Internet (as opposed to WHSL's scholarly resources you will encounter in steps 2 to 4 in this guide). When searching YouTube, you will probabaly get a better quality result by searching YouTube EDU(cation).

You can also check to see if there is a research guide (a subject or course guide) created by WHSL librarians specifically for your topic or your class that links to recommended resources.

Note: There is a lot of misinformation on the Internet in regard to the health sciences. It may be dangerous to use this information with cross checking it with a more reliable scholarly source of information. You should also ensure you evaluate everything you find on the web (see step 6).

With kind permission this content is based on original material created by Olin Library Reference, Research & Learning Services, Cornell University Library, Ithaca, NY, USA. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-non-Commercial-Share-Alike 2.5 License

Scholarly (Academic) Articles

Although all kinds of information is readily available (eg. from Blogs, websites, etc.), you are expected to use the academic or scholarly materials for any kind of research. This may be advanced research for a Masters dissertation or research report, or it may be basic research for the purposes of finding material to use in your assignmnts and essays at undergraduate level. 

You will obtain far better results (marks) if you use the scholarly (academic databases) than if you simply search using Google. If you can find no information on the databases suggested in this guide, then try searching for an article using Google Scholar. You may not always be able to find the full text of the articles found on Google Scholar however, and not all Google Scholar articles are the final versions of the article. You could find that you have used a version of an article that has later been corrected by the authors, and so the information used in your research may be incorrect.