HLTH 11300: Personal Health


Best Bets

For your research paper, try searching these databases to find credible research articles on a variety of personal health issues

Multidisciplinary Databases
EBSCO Research Library
Search accross multiple EBSCO databases
*Be sure to limit to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals

This is a great full-text database that covers a variety of health related topics.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context
A full-text database covering controversial topics presented in a variety of formats from scholarly articles, news articles, essays, statistics, websites, videos, and more. 

CQ Researcher
A full-text resource from Congressional Quarterly Press that provides comprehensive reports with analysis on popular and controversial topics that are reported in the news. A good starting point.

ProQuest Research Library
This is a great database for finding health education, kealth management, psychology, and social science journals, as well as ebrary ebooks.

Health Databases
This is a great tool for finding education, health promotion, and psychosocial health articles along with research articles. 

This is a great tool for finding primary medical and research articles.

Statistical Database
Statista contains aggregated statistical information, and sometimes provides infographics. It's very easy to use!

Data USA
The most comprehensive visualization of U.S. public data. Data USA provides an open, easy-to-use platform that turns data into knowledge. 

Try searching our collection of ebooks in eBrary


Search Ideas

1. obes* OR overweight OR BMI OR body mass index
2. child*
3. cause or etiology
4. united states
  • Try limiting your search to the most current 5 years
  • Try limiting your search Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals

Group Activity

You have to write a research paper based on a selected personal health topic from a list.

As a group, select one of the topics allowed for this paper. If you can't decide, try researching obesity in children.

1. Brainstorming
  • Work in pairs at your table to generate keywords that exemplify the issues you're interested in researching- Your ideas can be in the form of questions or statements 
  • Use the whiteboard to document your keywords and look for categories and/or relationships between them
  • Discuss the results and select a research topic/focus for the group 

2. Searching a Database
  • Group Leader: Keeps track of time
  • Searcher: Uses the wireless keyboard to search assigned database
  • Scribe: Uses the laptop and clicks on this link to access the response form