What kinds of literature are appropriate for my research question? This will depend on your area of research, but in the health sciences, you will most often rely on scholarly journal articles, patents, conference proceedings, & data sets.
How much literature should I use? There is no standard answer to this question, but make sure that you have enough literature to tell your story. Discuss this question with your advisor & peers.
How will I find all appropriate information to inform my research? You should consult multiple databases & resources appropriate for your research area so that you can have a comprehensive view of the research that has already been done in your area. Browse the Pharmacy research guide for databases & other recommended resources. Also consult with your informationist at the Taubman Health Sciences Library to determine the resources you should investigate.
How will I evaluate the literature to include trustworthy information and eliminate unnecessary or untrustworthy information? Start with scholarly sources, such as peer-reviewed journal articles & books. Always pay attention to creditability of the source(s) & the author(s) you cite. Citation analysis (see research guides http://guides.lib.umich.edu/citeanalysis & http://guides.lib.umich.edu/citation) can be useful to check the creditability of sources & authors.
How should I organize my literature? What citation management program is best for me? Citation management software, such as Mendeley, a free citation management program, helps you collect & organize references & easily insert citations & format citations & bibliographies in thousands of styles in your Word document.
To choose the program that's right for you, consider which one works best with your literature search & writing process. This guide compares different types of citation management software & provides tutorials for each type. You may also ask your library informationist for advice.
How do I ensure academic integrity (i.e., avoid plagiarism)? Familiarize yourself with different types of intentional and unintentional plagiarism and learn about the University's standards for academic integrity here. Remember, citation management tools can help you avoid unintentional plagiarism by making it easy to collect & cite sources.