There are many places to look for information about current health issues, from newspapers and news stories to scholarly articles, as well as government and non-profit organization websites. Try these websites to look at current health trends:
Health professionals, religious organization, news outlets
Who is the author’s desired audience?
Is the source credible?
Does the author have an agenda or is the information biased?
What is your topic?
Is it controversial?
Is it currently in the news?
Is there federal policy around it?
Is there professional policy around it?
What are the geographic parameters?
What is the author's desired outcome?
Formulating a question
Once you have decided on a topic, think about what questions you want to ask about that topic. What would you like to know more about? Thinking about this and reviewing the research on a topic will help you develop a research question.
Examples of research questions:
Remember that you need to find research that supports at least one side of the issue. You also need to find material (evidence-based or popular literature) that refutes it.
Does improved nutrition in children impact academic achievement?
Are teenage drivers more likely to be involved in automobile accidents?
Do early intervention programs prevent smoking among teenagers who live in rural areas within the United States?
Do bicycle seats affect reproductive health in professional cyclists?
Are pregnant women from lower socioeconomic backgrounds less likely to use prenatal vitamins?
After you have formulated a research question, search a variety of health and other relevant resources to make sure that there is enough information about your topic for you to complete the assignments.