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Public Health Research

To decide on a topic:

Choose a topic that interests YOU. 

  • Narrow your topic to something manageable. (More on this further down)
  • Background reading (quick, you can skim until you are interested. See links below for access to this.)
  • Review the guidelines on topic selection outlined in your assignment.  
  • Refer to lecture notes and required texts to refresh your knowledge of the course and assignment.
  • Talk about research ideas with a friend who may be able to help focus your topic by discussing issues that didn't occur to you at first.

The best way to get this right is to really use your own imagination to see what you respond to. Your first tries are important. You can narrow them down later.

Article Quick Search

The "Article Quick Search" tab on the library home page, (or try it in the widget below), is the place to begin your research by typing in keywords and then adding filters from the search results landing page. Article Quick Search gathers results from most of the library databases but not all of them. It is a good starting point, especially for getting background on possible topics for a paper.

Find it! (Full Text Finder)

When searching the library databases, look for thefull text finder buttonbutton to locate the full-text of an article or request interlibrary loan for items that the Library does not own.

Using Credo's Mind Map Feature

To get to the Credo Mind Map, use the Credo Reference link and type a search term in to the search box. The Mind Map feature will be on the landing page.


Once you start to narrow your topic, finding the right keywords is important. Don't be afraid to let your topic change as you do more research. Note: when the narrator says "one search" what she really means is "Article Quick Search"

If you cannot access the above video, you can watch it here

Places to look for Background Information