"Wellness is an interactive process of becoming aware of and practicing healthy choices to create a more successful and balanced lifestyle." (DePaul University)
Books are a great way to get started with research. You can find all of print books, e-books, and videos by search our online catalog for specific keywords:
Search Albert to find books, movies, etc..
1. Pay specific attention to books with medical association or known science and university press publishers, such as Wiley, Springer, or Harvard University.
2. Do a quick Internet search for the author to see if he or she holds an MD, PhD, MEd, MPT, or other applicable degree.
Reference books (encyclopedias and handbooks) are another great way to get started on a new topic. You can find all reference material by search Albert, and limiting to “Reference Sources” in the pull down menu. Listed below are just a few helpful resources:
First stop for exercise and fitness:
First stop for health and nutrition:
More advanced health:
1. Start BROAD (i.e., diabetes, cardiovascular fitness, high protein diet), and use the "limits" to narrow to age group, sex, type of research, etc.
2. Remember to focus on the last 5-10 years of research for health-related topics.
3. Note any subject headings and "MeSH headings" you see in relevant articles that you find; using those words as your search terms will help target for search better.
Did you read some claim about a new super fruit? Find a citation to a study on exercise preventing chronic illness? Follow-up by finding the original study.
Search our periodicals list by title to see the latest articles and archived issues in magazines, journals, newspapers and more.
Search journals, magazines, or newspapers by title, ISSN, or abbreviation
Browsing university and institute "Wellness Letters" is a great way to stay up-to-date on current trends in health, fitness, and nutrition, without some of the commercial bias of popular magazines. The following are a few of those accessible at SMC:
(available in print in the library only;
select articles available online)
Find sites by searching Google and adding "site:gov" to the box; that will limit to government websites.
Change that to "site:org" to get national associations or "site:edu" to get academic institutions. (But be careful, so shadey groups can have .org address. Be critical and stick to nationally known organizations.