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BIO108 - Body in Health and Disease - Wall: Choosing Your Topic

Where to Begin?

Look up your main concepts in general encyclopedias and subject-specific reference sources. Read articles in these reference materials to set the context for your research. Note important key terms or phrases. Note any relevant items in the bibliographies at the end of these encyclopedia articles. Additional background information may be provided in your lecture notes, textbooks and items on reserve in the library.

General Sources

Exploring Health Issues

Trying to find a topic for your presentation? Try some of these databases to get started.

science in contextOur Science in Context database has a "Browse Topics" option which allows you to browse different topics related to Health and Medicine. Click on "Browse Topics" in the top menu bar, and choose "Health and Medicine" from the category drop-down menu.

health and wellness resource center


 You can also browse topics using our Health & Wellness Resource Center. Click on the "Diseases and Conditions" tab to browse topics.



merck manualThe Merck Manual is the world's most widely used medical textbook. This resource explains disorders and their symptoms, and how they're diagnosed, treated, prevented and possible prognoses. Professionals, students, and consumers use the Merck Manual to diagnose medical conditions.

Use the "Browse Topics" option to search for presentation topics.


Using Wikipedia to Develop Your Topic

Health Related Topic Finders

Here are some websites that provide lists of health-related topics to help you choose your topic.

Types of Information Sources

Need help choosing where to begin your research?

Depending on your topic you might want to start by looking in books, journals, newspapers, or on the Web. The Purdue Online Writing Lab has some great information on research and how to select appropriate sources.