You will need background information in order to complete this assignment. Think of background information resources as binoculars. You use binoculars to give you a general overview of your surroundings. Think of background information the same way. It gives you a general overview of the topic. Specific benefits of background information are listed below.
Health statistics give you a general overview of quantitative data regarding your topic. The UAB Libraries Alabama Health Statistics online research guide is a compilation of links to Alabama health statistics.
Print books can be checked out for a period of 4 weeks and can be renewed twice (click here for circulation details). E-Books (online) are books that you can read in their entirety online. If you are off campus, just enter your BlazerID & password to access the full text. The library catalog lists e-Books, print books, journals and other resources by title, author and keyword. For print books you will see the call number, and whether the book is for use in the library or is available to check out. E-books can be read by clicking on "Available Online." Off-campus, you will be asked for Blazer ID and password. See examples of each below.
Tip: Either search the table of contents or use general keywords such as chronic illness, Medicaid, access to health care, rural health, etc. in the search box.
Examples of online dictionaries available through UAB Libraries catalog.
Kaiser Family Foundation www.kff.org
World Health Organization www.who.int
National Academy for State Health Policy www.nashp.org
Medline Plus www.medlineplus.gov
To find other reliable websites use the formulas below in a search engine:
"your topic" site: .gov
"your topic" site: .edu
"your topic" site: .org
These formulas will retrieve information from government entities, educational institutions and organizations, respectively. Remember to evaluate the information.
Evaluate websites using the following criteria.