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RESP 100 Assignment Guide

A guide to help you navigate the research part of your disease assignment for Respiratory Therapy

Find an Overview of your Disease

To start the best thing is to see if there is a Disease/Disorder overview article for your disease

  • These articles often provide you with definitions, descriptions, causes and symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, and prevention strategies, all important information that will help you fill out the different sections of your paper. 

The best place to find one of these articles is in our Gale Virtual Reference Library database linked to below:


Best Search Term: Name of your Disease.

Research Tip: When reading a Disease Overview, pay attention to some of the specialized vocabulary used. For example you can note the names of the specific treatments or prevention strategies for your disease. You can use these terms when searching the more scholarly databases.

Find Articles That Provide More Details

Your next step is to find articles that will provide more detailed information about your disease. These scholarly articles will discuss the studies that have been done on your disease, and will often focus on things like:

  • effects of the disease on specific populations
  • the efficacy of specific treatments 
  • outcomes of prevention strategies
  • effective communication and education strategies 

The best place to find these kinds of articles is in CINAHL, a database focused on the Allied Health professions, linked below:


Some recommended search terms:

  • Name of your disease
  • Name of your disease and a specific treatment type
  • Name of your disease and the term "patient education"
  • Name of your disease and the term "prevention" or the name of a specific prevention strategy

Other Databases to Find Scholarly Articles

While CINAHL is the best database for this topic, these other databases can also be helpful. You can use the same search terms and strategies for these databases as is listed above for CINAHL.

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