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PCN 19 (Gecox) - Addiction Research: Welcome to the Library!

Research Guide for Instructor Gecox's Spring 2017 Group Project

Addiction Research Guide

This is a general guide for students interested in locating information about ADDICTION using LPC's library resources.  You will find suggestions for locating reference sources, books, periodical/journal articles, and websites, as well as information about how to cite sources in APA style.

General Information

Sample Research Topics


Examples of Drugs of Abuse Examples of Behavioral Addictions (obsessions/compulsions)

Performance enhancers (anabolic steroids)

Cannabinoids (marijuana)

Hallucinogens (Ecstasy, LSD)

Narcotics/Opioids: fentanyl, heroin, morphine, oxycodone, opium)

Stimulants (methamphetamine, caffeine)

Tobacco, nicotine, e-cigarettes


eating disorders








social media

video games


Sample Search Terms

  • drug abuse
  • drug addiction
  • compulsive behavior
  • addicts
  • substance abuse
  • opioid abuse
  • heroin abuse
  • methamphetamine abuse
  • addiction AND family

Narrow your search by adding:

  • treatment
  • rehabilitation
  • recovery
  • prevention

Why the Library?

Why the library?

Unlike Google, or other free search engines, the library provides access to costly published materials, like books and articles. Published materials have gone through the expense and editing of the publishing process, which lends them a higher credibility. The college library specializes in providing you with free & efficient access to the expensive scholarly information that you need to use for your course assignments.

Examples of resources:

  • Peer Reviewed Articles - find using periodical databases
  • Scholarly Articles - find using periodical databases
  • Books - find using the library catalog
  • Reference - Find using ereference databases and library catalog
  • Health videos/educational DVDs - Find using video databases
  • Credible websites - Find using Google