Medicine as a Profession
Social Sciences & Data Librarian
use the whole map
• Research → Larger process of inquiry
• Searching → Seeking partial answers
Take your larger research question
Identify the smaller, searchable questions
you'll need to answer.
>> Often, you'll need different sources to
inform different (smaller, searchable)
Zoomed out (research): Coggle.it
Zoomed in (sources): Zotero
Break down the question:
Task: Learn and present the details of this occupation, specialty or organizational form:
(1) Its history
When was it understood to be what it is?
How and when did it develop?
(2) Its demographics and job characteristics:
How many of what kind of people do this work
Identify search questions + source categories
Which sources are best for which parts of your project? What’s the best way to find each kind?
For each searchable question, ask:
- Who cares?
- Who has capacity?
Example: Respiratory therapists case study
- Professional organizations
- Publications for RTs
- Individual respiratory therapists
- Hospital systems? Other employers of RTs
- Patients who work with respiratory therapists
Search & Source Suggestions
Personal experience, stories
Where: Tripod, Worldcat
How: keyword → subject headings, genre headings
Clinical trials-based research
How: Medical Subject Headings
Public health research
Qualitative research: e.g. ethnography
Where: Tripod, Sociological Abstracts
Sociology 50B: Medicine as a Profession