When to Use Textbooks
As you approach your research question, you will first want to determine which types of sources to consult. Remember consulting textbooks (both in print and electronic formats), journal literature, information from the Internet and experts are all viable options.
Textbooks are most appropriate for:
Generic, broad-based, background-oriented questions
- Example: How does Warfarin work?
Consult: Consult Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine
- Example: How are Temporomandibular disorders treated?
Consult: Management of Temporomandibular Disorders and Occlusion
- Example: How do you select the correct dental amalgams?
Consult: Dental Materials and Their Selection
- Example: What causes acute pulpal pain?
Consult: Seltzer and Bender’s Dental Pulp
- Example: What are osseointegrated implants?
Consult: Practical Osseous Surgery in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry
- Example: Define insulin resistance.
Consult: Greenspan’s Basic and Clinical Endocrinology