Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Finding the evidence: choosing where to look

There are many places you can search for information to support your arguments. One of the most confusing elements of searching is knowing where to go to find the evidence you need.

Choosing the right location is really important to finding information as easily as you can. However there is no single place that will always answer your questions, different assignments will lead to different searches.

Here is an example:

Has the Department of Health’s 2003 Tacking Health Inequalities report changed the impact of poverty on mortality rates?

Use the internet to find:

The report mentioned – either by searching Google or going straight to the Department of Health website if you know it.

Links to UK government statistics on poverty and mortality rates from before and after the report

Use textbooks to find:

Broader information and commentaries on health inequalities as a topic

Use databases to find:

Latest information, primary evidence and specific research into topics around this written in journal articles for example clinical trials that evidence how mortality rates within an impoverished inner city area are higher for a condition that in an affluent suburb.

You can find more detailed information on finding and using different databases and the library catalogue elsewhere in our blog. If you want to keep up to date with new articles and posts, why not follow us on twitter.

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