For topic overviews, often including historical background and recent developments. Some subject encyclopedias also include a bibliography to lead you to further sources.
Searching the Catalog
To find medical texts, popular texts (written for the non-professional) and in some cases histories and primary source material.
--Browsing by subject heading and subheadings
--Combining key words and phrases
--Tracking down references
Finding scholarly journal articles
Searching discipline-specific databases to find scholarly articles (secondary sources, but see note at bottom)*
Magazine and News Articles (and other primary sources)
From popular (non-specialist) magazines and newspapers and other sources
--Finding current articles (non-scholarly) in popular (general interest) magazines and news sources
--Finding historical articles (non-scholarly) in popular magazines and news sources
--And more ...
*Note: In the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, you may also find historical, scholarly articles that reflect the understanding of a disease or condition at that time in history. These could also be primary sources.
Step-by-step strategies for finding background information, secondary sources, and primary sources, by topic.