Places to Start Searching Online
Try searching both these systems to decide on a paper topic:
Note Well: Successful searching depends on your effective use of language: try synonyms or related words if your initial searches don't yield good results.
CQ Researcher is a collection of reports on current social issues that have been done by Congressional Quarterly Press (the folks who do research for Congress). The reports are substantial, they provide good background information on an issue (including a Pro/Con section written by experts on either side of an issue), as well as charts and graphs and a source list for further reading. If you want to do a paper on an issue they cover, their report will help you hit the research ground running.
HOLLIS is the Harvard Library online library catalog. It lists about 15 million items, so it's a good place to "fish" for material when you're trying to decide on a topic for a paper. Using HOLLIS you can find books on a subject, but not journal articles.
You can update the information you found in HOLLIS and CQ Researcher with information from journal articles. These sources will take you to scholarly journal articles (the kinds the Professors Palfrey want you to use); many of them are full text, so you get the entire article immediately online 24/7/365:
- Academic Search Premier
- Alt-Health Watch
- Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
- Cochrane Library
- Google Scholar
- PubMed with Full Text (MEDLINE)
If you don't find enough material on your subject after checking these sources, you can:
1. go into the online Library Portal, at: http://lib.harvard.edu, to find more sources, and / or
2. e-mail me (at: firstname.lastname@example.org) and I can help you find more.
Where to Find Data and Statistics
Health Data Resources: United States: a starting point for finding and using health-related data (the most valuable item here is Diane Sredl's contact information).
Historical Statistics of the United States: the U.S. in statistics from Colonial times to the present.
Statistical Abstract of the United States: published since 1878, this is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. PDF versions of the StatAb from 1878 to 2010 are available here.
Research Time Savers and How to Avoid Plagiarism
Citation Linker: connects you to the full text of an article working from a bibliography
Get It: combines HOLLIS, HOLLIS Classic, Interlibrary Loan, Borrow Direct, and Scan & Deliver to provide Harvard researchers with all your options for locating and requesting material at Harvard Library
Lib-X: a browser toolbar add-on; lets you search HOLLIS, E-Journal List, E- Resource List, Citation Linker, and Google Scholar quickly