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In Class Exercise
Each group is assigned a source which you'll need to evaluate according to a list of criteria and then decide how, if at all, you would use the selected source for your research on OTC drug abuse.
Write & Cite
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For Undergraduates
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Step 1: Using Background Information
Web Resources
  • Medline Plus: authoritative information about OTCs and supplements from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  
    • Choose Drugs and Supplements, then search for your drug name.
  • FDA Approved Drug Products: history of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of over-the-counter medicines; includes similar drugs and label information.
  • FDA Consumer Health Information: updates from the FDA abut potentially hazardous medicines or food products.
Library Resources Google Search Tricks
Remember when web searching, use these Google Search Tips in the Advanced Google Search box to get more exact results:
  • Search only a specific site (ex: nih.gov) or domain (ex: .edu or .gov) by typing in your search followed by site:.org, site:.gov (ex: “dxm abuse” site:nih.gov)
  • Search for an exact phrase by putting your search terms in quotation marks (ex: “over the counter”)
  • Eliminate results from a specific site (ex: .com) by typing in your search followed by -.com
Remember to evaluate each website according to specific criteria before deciding to use that information.
Step 2: Brainstorming Keywords
Read through your articles and pull out important terms and synonyms to use as keywords when searching the library's databases. Pick terms that are broader, narrower, and related to the key terms that you picked out.

Then combine them using AND and OR
  • AND narrows your search by looking for articles with all of the words
  • OR broadens your search by looking for articles with any of the word
                     This keyword tool lets you brainstorm online and send the results to yourself.
Step 3: Finding Articles
Web Resources
Library Resources
  • Academic Search Complete : Find journal, magazine and some newspaper articles from across disciplines.
    • Choose magazines and newspapers to find popular or trade articles.
  • Alt-Health Watch : Find articles from the perspective of complementary, holistic, and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.
  • Health Reference Center : find articles on CAM from magazines, newspapers, and trade and scholarly journals.
    • Choose the Magazines tab to find articles from trade journals.
  • LexisNexis Academic : Find newspaper articles and opinion pieces.
  • Academic Search Complete Find scholarly, popular and some newspaper articles from across disciplines.
    • To limit to editorials, enter “editorial” as an additional keyword or choose Editorials in the Document Type menu

If you cannot find the full text of an article in the database you are searching, you have two options:
1)Follow  to see if it is available in another database or in print in the library.
2)      Search for the title of the journal (not the title of the article) in the Library Catalog or the 
Find a Journal page to see if it is available electronically or in print.
Finding Videos on the Web
Evaluate your vidoes, just as you would evaluate a website. Use the guide in the right-hand column to give you some questions to use to evaluate.

  • YouTube.com/edu: search educational videos created from US Colleges and Universities
  • UCtv.tv: search University of California’s television broadcasts on health and medicine.
  • Vimeo.com: search videos created by users that may not be found on YouTube.
TIP: after entering your search terms in a Google search, limit your results to just videos, by clicking “Videos” at the top left of the search screen.