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Get to Know Your Topic
It may be tempting to jump right into the databases, but taking time to find background information is often a helpful first step. Why?
1. If you're researching a topic you're not too familiar with, background information will help fill in some details that will be missing from journal articles. (since peer-reviewed articles are written by and for experts, they're going to assume you already know the basics)
2. Even if you're pretty familiar with your topic already, sometimes it's hard to narrow down specifically what aspect of the topic you'd like to research. Sometimes background sources (since they cover a lot of ground) can prompt ideas or questions you'd like to explore further.
Here are a few of the Reference books available in the library related to Addiction topics.
Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health by
Call Number: RC437 .G36 2008 (2nd ed. in Print)
Publication Date: 2012-05-25
We have 3rd edition Online, and 2nd edition in Print.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: A two-volume encyclopedia that offers accessible information on mental health for consumers and students. The disorders covered are mostly recognized by the American Psychiatric Association, with entries for conditions and disorders usually including symptoms and demographics, key terms and resources for additional research.