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					Tips on Online Researching for Mental Health Articles

Researching on a very broad topic is work enough. Consolidating your
research later is another story.

It is common to encounter a bulk of scattered and non-linear resources
when researching through mental health articles, both online and off
line. But the truth is, even when these articles came from different
authors with different ideas and issues in mind, the researcher should
still be able to crop out the best ideas and consolidate them to make a
decent and productive research. Here are some advices:

a. Choose a single idea and expound it

It is usually the case of scattered ideas for a personal research. The
researcher would pick a random idea on mental health. This is a common
practice but not really a good one. Picking an idea that popped out from
nowhere indicates the lack of sufficient direction in your research. If
you are using the keyword "mental health", it is best to skim through the
topics first then take note of those which interested you most. Then
research for the articles having the particular keyword on their titles.

b. Research for online sites that are niched to article directories.

Usually, some have free services while others require membership fees.
However, you must not get stuck on using these directories alone. It is
also best to make use of the large sources from individual websites.
Psychological websites and websites advocating mental health normally
have huge inventories of psychological articles that could support your
research. There are also websites dedicated to individual disorders under
the umbrella of mental illness.

c. Validate your research

Wikipedia or any academic websites are good places to start your research
with. But research must not start and end on a single website. Try other
websites and click on the links and suggested sources on each webpages
that are relevant to your research. Take note of any recommendations on
each web page. Searching through various resources would give you a
comprehensive perspective for your research. Also, websites vary in their
approach on hosting information.

d. Try experimenting on keywords and keyphrases

You can start with a simple keyphrase such as "mental health disorders"
for your initial research. But as you advance in your study you will find
that this topic is written in various articles adopting issues on
different mental heath disorders. Take note of the general topic
surrounding these articles. If you are looking for a specific idea such
as changes in personality, you could look up personality disorders. This
will then branch out to sub-categories that would direct your focus of
research.
Additionally, you will find, as you skim or read, on mental wellness
articles pieces of ideas that would either broaden or narrow your
research.

e. Digest each information one at a time

It is impossible to arrive at a decent research if you are tackling all
information at once. Get sufficient sense of the topic on the articles
then outline the ideas that interest you most.

f. Don’t get lost

When researching for online articles, it is easy to get lost through the
mass of available articles by clicking irrelevant links and suggested
resources. This could be prevented by organizing your ideas first after
some research and consciously tying all research to a single common
thought.

There is no discounting the fact that online research is tricky since it
only takes some efforts to put up a professional-looking website that
hosts mental health articles. But following the above advices could
lighten the load of your research.

				
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