Before you begin...
Before doing any research, decide what it is you need to find out, and develop clear concise questions. For example, instead of saying "I need information on socialized medicine", you might break this down into more specific questions:
- What are the benefits and drawbacks of socialized medicine?
- What are the benefits and drawbacks of privatization?
- What degree of control should the government have over healthcare delivery?
- What are some characteristics of the socialized health care system in Canada? The UK?
When you have these specific questions written down, you will also have a list of possible terms (keywords) to use in your searches:
- What are the benefits and drawbacks
of socialized medicine?
- benefits, advantages, characteristics
- drawbacks, disadvantages, characteristics
- socialized medicine, socialized healthcare
Note: It is important to include all keywords, variations, and synonyms for each concept from the questions you are asking. For example, if you are looking for information on intensive insulin therapy for type I diabetics, you could find this information using any of the following keywords: DIABETES, DIABETES MELLITUS, TYPE I DIABETES, INSULIN-DEPENDENT DIABETES, IDDM, EARLY-ONSET DIABETES... They all refer to the same thing; if you do a search using only the term type I diabetes, you will probably miss important information. Also, some databases might use one term, while others might use a different variation.