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HEA 110: Health Research Midterm (Coutouzis)

This research guide includes resources to help you complete the HEA-110 Health Research Midterm on College Students and Health for Coutouzis.


Use this focused rubric and the resources below to develop your site.

  1. High-risk behaviors and negative lifestyle choices: rates of tranquilizer misuse in U.S. college students. What about the typical lifestyles of college students can encourage tranquilizer misuse and addiction?

  2. Short- and long-term health effects: discuss the health effects and risks of misuse and addiction of tranquilizers. Include signs of overdose and withdrawal syndrome information. 
  3. Symptoms and/or indicators, and tests/diagnoses for a person that may be on the negative end of the wellness spectrum: detail indicators that tranquilizer misuse is present in a person’s life. Do not confuse with the health effects of tranquilizer misuse. How would a person be diagnosed with a tranquilizer addiction?
  4. Optimal lifestyle choices for prevention, and how to seek treatment when needed: how can U.S. college students improve their habits identified in rubric item number one if they wanted to prevent tranquilizer misuse? Identify different treatment types, as well as types of qualified professionals if additional help/treatment is needed.
  5. Globalized content is included: and do not forget to copy and paste the following focus points/questions into your site. Compare our tranquilizer abuse/misuse rates and risk factors in the U.S. to your assigned country. Compare that country’s intervention methods to ours. Can you find any policies or interventions in your assigned country that may benefit the U.S.? This may be addressed by a country’s overall policies for all drug use. Please avoid excessive use of opinion without research.
  6. Information is adapted to the college-aged population (15-24 years of age): make this as consistent as possible, especially when discussing risky behaviors and prevention. Some information you will only be able to find as it applies to the general adult population.
  7. Credible sources referenced and cited in-text: for all information, including infographics and videos used.
  8. Site uses concise and easily understood information, as well as a variety of images, infographics, and/or videos: think of what you like to see when you look up health information. Make your page easily navigable, and sections of information clearly identified. Avoid text that is too small to read, and be sure your images are not blurry or cropped too much.


These resources below have been specifically chosen by your instructor and the librarian to help you find the information you need to complete the project. You will need to find two additional sources on your own. To find more, scroll down this page to search for more resources such as articles, statistics, or books.

Additional Resources


Search for Articles and E-books

Summon Search

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Search Examples

You can copy and paste any of the following search phrases into the search box above in order to get started. Edit the search to include the name of the country, region, or ethnic group that you are researching. 

  • Australia AND (sedative OR tranquilizer) AND abuse
  • Canada AND (tranquilizer OR sedative) AND abuse AND risk
  • (tranquilizer OR sedative) AND non-prescription use​


Search Tips

  • Make sure that the information presented is ABOUT your assigned country. Read the abstract or other surrounding information carefully. If you're not sure, ask your instructor or a librarian to help you.
  • Check the publication date of each source you find. Try to use resources published within the past 5 years. 


Search for Statistics

How to Use FastStats

  • You can type keywords in the search box, or choose a topic from the navigation menu.
  • In addition to the quick facts that appear at the top of the page, make sure that you explore any links listed under the sections titled Related FastStats, and More Data
  • There are other places to search for statistics. If you need help, ask a librarian!

FastStats Illicit Drug Topic Page

Off-Campus Access

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