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Health Professions Highway

Created Summer 2017 for teaching science research to students enrolled in the Health Professions Highway program.

Find articles written for non-medical specialists:

Get an overview of your topic with these articles written for a broader audience.

Find in-depth, peer-reviewed journal articles on your topic:

Remember that peer-reviewed journal articles are written by researchers for other researchers in their field -- if you want to use these articles for your project, ask Dr. Hurtt and your mentor for tips on how to read scientific articles!

Find books on your topic:

The Library Catalog includes records for print and electronic books, theses, media, musical scores, and more owned by the DU Libraries.

Try the Advanced Catalog Search to find materials by type, location, publication year, language, and more.

To retrieve a book you found in the DU Library Catalog, note the:

1. Status: See a green dot & the word "Available"? The book should be on the shelf, ready for you to check out.

2. Location: The most common locations you'll see are:

  • 2a: Main Library, New Book Area : Located on the Main Level of the AAC -- see map below.
  • 2b: Main Library, Main Stacks: Located on the Lower Level of the AAC -- see map below.
  • 2c: Hampden Library, Stacks: This is our off-campus storage facility for books that don't fit in the AAC -- click the "Get It" button for details on how to request the book.
  • 2d: Online access: It's an ebook -- click "Access Online" to read it now.

3. Call number: This is the item's address on the shelf -- bring the entire call number with you to the library. Look on the ends of each shelf for signs indicating what span of call numbers are on that shelf.

The books in the Anderson Academic Commons are arranged by subject, so you can walk through the bookshelves in a particular subject area to see all the print books we have on that topic. Books purchased within the last six month are on the Main Level of AAC, and our main on-campus collection of books is on the Lower Level:

Subject areas of potential interest:

G -- Geography

  • GA: Mathematical geography, Cartography
  • GB: Physical geography
  • GC: Oceanography
  • GE: Environmental Sciences
  • GF: Human ecology

Q -- Science

  • QA: Mathematics
  • QB: Astronomy
  • QC: Physics
  • QD: Chemistry
  • QE: Geology
  • QH: Natural History - Biology
  • QK: Botany
  • QL: Zoology
  • QM: Human anatomy
  • QP: Physiology
  • QR: Microbiology

R -- Medicine

S -- Agriculture

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Search tips to use in any database

A. Break your topic down into the main ideas, or keywords. Then combine your keywords into a search query:

Link main ideas together with AND to get fewer search results:

aging AND brain

Link related terms together with OR to get more search results:

(healthy OR normal)

-The parentheses tell the database which words the OR command applies to. Without parentheses, the database would interpret the following search as a request to find articles that mention healthy brains, plus any article that uses the word normal: 

brain AND healthy OR normal

B. Use quotation marks " " to search words as a phrase:

Searching “healthy aging” excludes articles about healthy eating or rapid aging.

BE AWARE of what your quotation marks are excluding -- searching "healthy aging" excludes articles that talk about aging in a healthy manner.

C. Use an asterisk * to search for multiple word endings:

health* = health OR healthy OR healthier OR healthiest, etc.

Google-specific search tips

Google Search Tips

  1. Site Searching
    • Searches your keywords only on one domain. Examples:
    • Site:gov "genetic testing"
      • Searches only US government sites for the phrase "genetic testing"
    • Site:sciencedaily.com “genetic testing”
      • Searches only the specified website for the phrase "genetic testing"
  2. File Type Searching
    • Tell Google what type of file you want to retrieve (XLS, PDF, PPT, etc.). Examples:
      • CRISPR Filetype:ppt