Students and professionals in the field of health care management will need to understand how to conduct research for many different reasons. It could be research for an academic paper, or it could be highly specific research on patient outcomes in a hospital. Regardless of what kind of research you are conducting, knowing how to use the most cutting edge research tools will both minimize time and maximize results. These are some of the best tools currently available.
ERIC – The Educational Resources Information Center is supported by the U.S. Department of Education, and is an excellent tool for academic research with over 1.3 million bibliographic records of articles and online materials. Students can gain access to wide ranging body of academic literature including journal articles, books, research syntheses, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers and more.
Google Scholar – This piece of the Google brand is the ideal place to search for scholarly article on almost any topic. Just type in your search term and you can read thousands of articles on your topic.
iSeek – This award winning website provides a powerful search engine ideally suited for use by students, teachers and administrators. The user asks a question or enters a search topic and the iSEEK search engine uses academically appropriate sources to find the answers. This tool is academically sound and a tremendous time saver for students. The answers come from trusted resources such as universities, government and established non–commercial sites, rather than a general internet search.
Pocket – This website allows college students to save articles they come across to read at a later time. Students can save articles into folders they crate for easy reference later.
Project Gutenberg – This unique website uses open source technology to bring users more than 50,000 free ebooks, including epub books and kindle books, that can be downloaded or read online.
Public Library of Science – The PloS website offers open access to international scientific and medical research, including PloS journals. PLOS is a nonprofit publisher and an avid sponsor of Open Access research. This is an excellent resource for students looking to find medical research.
Ref Desk – A thorough online fact checking website for students and professionals.
The Clark Library – This website is a congressionally designated depository for United States Government documents, including government information and spatial and numeric data services. It is a robust and unique resource for students and scholars from a wide range of disciplines. By using this library, students can find the data, tools, and expertise they need for their specific research goals.
The Library of Congress – The Library of Congress’ website is an excellent tool for those conducting data searches and other research in the field of health care. This collection of data on various topics offers a wealth of information. The section devoted to Government, Politics and Law is particularly valuable to health care management professionals and students.
Wolfram Alpha – This website/app is essentially the Wikipedia for college students. While Wikipedia is not a highly trusted or respected research tool, Wolfram Alphia includes only academically accepted information.