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Finding articles

  • PubMed
  • Google Scholar - See these tips to improve your Google/Google Scholar searching
  • ProQuest Research Library - Provides access to a wide range of popular academic subjects. Includes more than 3,950 titles from 1971 forward. It features a mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and newspapers. One can limit searches to scholarly material.
  • Ovid MEDLINE (1996- )
  • JSTOR - a full text archive of important scholarly journals spanning the over 100 years (but not the most recent ones). Content spans many disciplines, primarily in the humanities and social sciences.

Combine MeSH terms in PubMed or Ovid Medline with keywords for the most effect search. Here are some useful terms:

  • Attitude to Death
  • Communication
  • Education, Medical
  • Empathy
  • Health Promotion
  • Observation
  • Pastoral Care
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Teaching

Finding book references

Finding books and articles listed in the Library's new Catalogue is a good place to begin looking for material on your essay topics. You can also search for books (but NOT articles) in the Classic Catalogue.

MeSH terms can be used by searching the Subject Field in advanced search. You should put the terms in quotation marks. Here are examples of some useful MeSH terms for the essay topics:

  • Attitude to Death
  • Education, Medical
  • Empathy
  • Physician-Patient Relations

Writing Tips

For more information on the writing process, visit the library's page on Five Steps to a Better Paper

If you need more guidance on how to write an essay, Purdue University's Writing Lab has an excellent description of the argumentative essay

Citing Your Sources

RefWorks and the Write-N-Cite program (which works with Microsoft Word) will automatically format your in-text citations and bibliography in Vancouver style. Information about downloading RefWorks and getting help with the program can be found here.

Vancouver Style is the preferred citation style guide in the field of medicine.

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