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HLTH 1000 Week 4 Discussion: Week 4 Discussion


For this Discussion, you will search in the Walden Library to find two articles about consumer pharmaceutical buying habits that address the following questions.

  • Do consumers base their product choices on price, brand, or research findings?
  • Are there variations with respect to demographics?

Choose a database

The Health Sciences Research page offers a list of databases that are recommended for searching for articles on your discussion topic.  

1. On the Library homepage, go to the Research by Subject oval.

Research by Subject

2. Click on Research by subject and choose: Health sciences

3. Scroll down until you see a section called Health Sciences articles, journals & books.

4. Click on Health Sciences databases to choose a database. The ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source database is a great place to start.

You might also try our multiple database search tool, Thoreau:

Search for articles

Here is an example of a search that you can do in the ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source database to find articles that discuss consumer behavior in pharmaceuticals:

1. Once you are in ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source, enter your keywords in the search boxes.

In the first search box type:

pharmaceuticals AND consumer behavior AND decision making

Note: Separate each of these concepts with the word AND to tell the database we want all of these words or phrases to be in every result we see.


2. Below the search boxes, under Limit your results, click the boxes under Full Text and Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals.


3. Click on the Search button to run your search.

4. You should now have a list of recent articles on your topic. To open an article, click on the PDF Full Text link.


Other keywords to try:



over the counter medications

otc medicines






Try different combinations of keywords as well as those we have in the example search above to find more articles that address different parts of the topic.

Need more help with building keyword searches in the Library databases? See our Keyword Searching guide.


Evaluating Resources

Your discussion assignment this week asks you to evaluate resources.

Learn more about evaluating resources: Evaluating Resources Guide