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How to write a research paper about a disease: where to get all necessary info

In years past, if you were given a research assignment, you would need to spend hours and days sifting through books and print journals, and there was very little way to be comprehensive in research, because information was held in so many different places. Now, however, we have the internet, and therefore have instant access to the latest research, which is readily at hand. But, how do you find the best and most relevant information? Let’s look at the example of researching and writing about a disease, and follow the steps below.

  • Wikipedia
  • You should never, under any circumstances, cite Wikipedia in an academic research paper. That said, the information that is provided is usually very helpful to provide an overview of a subject, let’s say ‘Anthrax’, and also for providing a list of sources and references, which are likely to be worth following.

  • Google Scholar
  • GS is an amazing resource, and can lead to increased efficiency in your research. Try to be as specific as possible in your research, and always try to find the most recent articles in the best journals. From one article, you can read back, to reference to seminal papers in that field.

  • Online Journal Database
  • Online journal databases, which are usually provided with college library access, are a wonderful source of information, because you can search an entire database for your subject, and can do so with an advanced and therefore restricted search criteria.

  • Your Tutor
  • Your tutor should be able to, and should actually, point you in the direction of any essential reading. They should know the kinds of things that are required in any paper on your given disease, so simply ask them where to look, for Anthrax, in this case.

  • Always Ensure Reputability
  • The most important thing about research is that your sources are reputable. The best way to ensure this is to ask your tutor for a list of prestigious journals, because any article in those will be adducible as evidence for you.

It is easier, today, to research than it has been in the past. But, it is also possible to get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information out there. So, restrict your subject, limit your research to the current/most up-to date, and look only in reputable places. Simple!


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