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Health Sciences Library Research Module

Getting Started

When beginning research on a new topic, there are a few general items that are useful to keep in mind:

Database searching, more than anything else, is a trial-and-error process through which you try different combinations of search terms to explore the published scholarly literature. You often will need to try several keyword combinations before you start to find articles that are related to your research topic.  

Also, it's not unusual to pick a topic and then discover a "literature gap" - meaning that there are very few, or maybe even no published articles on your specific subject. It's okay to change topics if there isn't enough research to work with.  

Finally, don't forget to reach out to your Sacred Heart librarians for assistance! We will always be ready to help you at any stage of the research process.