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: Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine
- Example: How is a ruptured spleen treated?
Consult: Disorders of the Spleen
- Example: How do you diagnose an ectopic pregnancy?
Consult: Current Diagnosis and Treatment Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Example: What causes varicose veins?
Consult: Vein Diagnosis and Treatment