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Drugs and Society - Bradford Campus

A guide to assist students in CHEM 0187: Drugs and Society (online class)

The Research Process

  • Develop a topic that asks a question or poses a problem that interests you.
  • Select appropriate search terms for your subject.  Use the worksheet below for help.
    For example:
    • Bioterrorism--> drugs and bioterrorism
    • Teenage Cocaine Use --> cocaine AND teenagers OR adolescents
    • What are some of the latest breakthroughs in cancer drugs? Cancer drugs AND breakthrough
    • How do drugs fit into eastern religions? --> drugs AND religions
    • What are the risks of vaccination for children?-->"vaccination risk" AND children
    • What happens during Drug shortages?--> "drug shortages" AND society
    • What leads to adult prescription drug abuse --> prescription medicine AND drug abuse NOT children
    • Will drug legalization help the economy? --> drug legalization AND economic aspects
    • Does marijuana use cause schizophrenia? --> cannabis AND schizophrenia
    • How do drugs affect our water supply?-->pharmaceuticals AND wastewater AND environment
    • Does drug use contribute to birth defects--> drug abuse AND pregnancy
  • Search PittCat and subject oriented databases.
  • Revise your topic. Determine how you will answer your question.
  • Evaluate your resources carefully!
  • When in doubt, contact your librarian.

Need Research Ideas?

Browse the National Institute of Health Drug Topics page for research ideas.

Critical Thinking Process For Research

Picture of Wheel with Critical Thinking in the middle surrounded by wheel spokes of: 1) Discover + Explore:   Look at your topic/issue more closely; start to be more directed and purposeful in seeking information. 2) Negotiate + Cooperate:   Consider different perspectives; engage in discussion with others. 3) Test + Revise:  Weigh up the evidence, test out different ideas and alternatives.  4) Integrate+ Apply: Bring together the various ideas that you have considered in order to consolidate and articulate new understanding(s),  5) Inform + Describe:  Begi nto clarify what you need to know, what you already know, and what information you have about your issue/topic


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