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

Interactive Poll

Is alcohol a moral problem or a disease?

Interactive Poll
Moral problem: 3 votes (50%)
Disease: 3 votes (50%)
Total Votes: 6

Drugs and Society

This LibGuide provides resources and links to help with your Drugs and Society Class.  It includes information on how to find articles through the university databases and how to properly cite your resources.  It also includes direct links to PITTCat+, Drug identification databases, Drug dictionaries, books, and online tutorials to help you understand plagiarism and choose resources that are scholarly

Quote from The White House

A 21st Century Drug Policy
"Relying on science, research, and evidence to improve public health and safety in America"

         ~The White House, Office of National Drug Control Policy

The Research Process

  • Develop a topic that asks a question or poses a problem that interests you. Having trouble with a topic? Here are some places to get ideas.
  • Select appropriate search terms for your subject.  Here are some examples:
    • 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.

This sample worksheet will help you refine your research topic.  You may also want to consult our online tutorial, Scholarly Information, or check Evaluating Research Articles From Start to Finish, 3rd. ed., 2011, by Ellen R. Girden.  This book is available at the Bradford Campus Library  Q180.55.E9 G57 2011.

Reference/Instruction Librarian

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