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This guide is specific to Professor Chaney's Anatomy & Physiology I drug research assignment.

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This guide supports Professor Carey Chaney.

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Drug Research Assignment

Drugs are ubiquitous in our society.  An understanding of drug action is especially important for those who plan to enter the health-care profession.  As part of your education, you need to learn how to research the drugs you will encounter.  For this assignment you must research a drug, either legal or illegal, prescription or nonprescription from a minimum of three sources.  The drug you choose must either be a chemical messenger or in some way influence the action of a chemical messenger.  Please check with Professor Chaney before doing your research so you know you have selected something appropriate (for example, antibiotics will not work for this assignment).

Effective Search Strategies

- Create a list of keywords related to the topic that you are researching.

- Begin with a basic keyword search and see what kind of results you get.

- If you get too few results, try different keywords.

- If you get too many results, try more and/or different search terms or limit your results by date, publication type, and other criteria.

Boolean Searching

Many search engines are designed to recognize the Boolean operators and, or, and not. Use these terms in your database searches to reduce or increase your results.

  • AND reduces search results - both search terms must be in the results
  • OR increases search results - either search term may be in the results
  • NOT reduces search results - excludes a search term from a search

venn diagram of and or not


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