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Healthcare Studies

A guide to healthcare resources and library research.


Welcome to the Salem State University Library online research guide for Healthcare Studies.  This guide was designed to assist you with research and finding quality resources on topics related to healthcare studies.


This guide is adapted from Dawn Stahura's original guide for Healthcare Studies.

The Research Process

Getting Started

 Understand your assignment

Find a topic

Gather background info

Narrow topic

Develop a strategy

Brainstorm keywords

Try combining keywords

Gathering Information

Find Articles and/or Books

Find other reliable sources of info appropriate to the requirements of your assignment

Final Product

 Evaluate Information

Write Your Paper

Cite Your Sources

Types of resources

What you need... Resource to go to...
Basic facts, names, dates, definitions, topic overview Reference resources like encyclopedias; reliable websites
Current information, written for the general public Newspapers; Magazines
In depth info on a topic Books
Original materials created at same time as event Primary sources (diaries; speech; interviews; news footage, etc.)
Detailed analysis of a topic/question/problem written for professionals in a particular field Scholarly journal articles


Zines are a great way to talk about health sciences, nursing, and occupational therapy! Health practitioners know that health literacy exists on a spectrum and patients spend less and less time with their care providers. Zines can be an informal way to discuss health related topics in an easily digestible manner. 

You can find the SSU Zine Collection on the first floor of the library in the periodicals section.



To learn more about zines, check out this guide!

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Tara Fitzpatrick
Social Work, Sociology & Interim Healthcare Studies
Frederick E. Berry Library & Learning Commons, LIB 210
Salem State University
Salem, MA 01915
I currently offer research assistance via email, by phone appointment or via a Zoom appointment M-Th (click above to schedule).

Library Info


Phone Numbers:

Archives: 978-542-6781

Circulation & Reserves: 978-542-6368

Interlibrary Loan: 978-542-6501   Fax: 978-542-6596

Library Help Desk:  978-542-6766

Book Return Locations:

Library Help Desk         

North Campus, book drop outside library's quad entrance & College Drive entrance