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Student Research Guide:Fibromyalgia: Advice to My Fellow-Students

by Danya Teichner Stewart

Research Advice for Peers

Research Advice

  • Have a couple of peers write a list of what they believe will make good keywords/search terms for your topic. I gathered more sources using the search terms suggested to me that I had not thought of myself. This technique is a handy tool I learned from LIB 201. 


  • The less complicated the search term(s), the better your results will be. My best results came from either searching one or two words. Example: “fibromyalgia” or “fibromyalgia + stigma”


  • During my research process, I discovered that Google was not the most reliable source of information. While Google Scholar was more helpful than regular Google, I had to be vigilant to select actual scholarly sources. 


  • For the best results, stick with the databases provided by SVC. There are numerous choices and more access to scholarly articles.

Final Thoughts

Researching fibromyalgia this quarter was an eye-opening experience. I had initially thought there was only one stigma linked to fibromyalgia patients. I was shocked to learn there are several. Also, I was under the assumption a diagnostic test confirming fibromyalgia had been discovered recently. However, I never found any evidence of this in any search engine or database. The skills I learned from this research and creating this research guide will follow me throughout my academic career. No longer will I be satisfied using typical search engines when conducting research. Thanks to this project, I am also more aware of confirmation bias, finding scholarly sources, better search strategies, copyright, and fair use. Overall, I am a more confident researcher due to what I learned while researching my topic creating this guide.

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