Finding Background Information
Conducting research is a complex process. Developing a list of terms and relationships among those terms is part of developing a research strategy. Reading background information may help you refine the questions you ask and may lead you to related questions as well.
Credo Reference is a good place to start.
Also Recommended for your first assignment:
Books with the following subject heading: (Click on the link for the list)
Reference books are a special subset of Pelletier's collection. Here you will find specialized dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and other materials that provide authoritative background information on your topic. We also have some reference "books" in electronic form.
Reference Books in Print
You are a new epidemiologist at the CDC and are anxious for your first assignment. Your boss calls you into her office and tells you about a developing outbreak and potential epidemic in a remote part of the world, but an area that many people visit for vacation. She is not too familiar with this particular disease and needs you to research the disease, how it is transmitted, how it has been controlled in the past, how people should be treated who have contracted the disease, and what preventive measures should be taken. The boss needs the disease information and your recommendations for managing the outbreak by October 5. The public’s health is resting on your shoulders. Get to work!
- An appropriate title
- A thorough description of the disease
- A brief history of other outbreaks and the effectiveness of their management
- Recommendations for managing and containing this outbreak
Your disease report should be approximately 5 pages in length (double spaced) and should include a Works Cited page (not one of the 5 pages of the report) following APA guidelines.
FS 101: Issues in Public Health: From Antiseptics to Avian Flu
Professor: Kirsten Peterson
Librarian: Cynthia Burton, x2982
List of Topics
Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome
Toxic Shock Syndrome