This guide is designed for students undertaking research for the Interdisciplinary Studies Senior Thesis (ISF 190).
Students interested in an interdisciplinary approach to health and illness use research from a wide range of disciplines, including Anthropology, Demography, Sociology, Economics and Public Policy, Public Health, Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology. Students may also be interested in philosophical and political questions about access to health care and a society's responsibility to ensure the basic health of all its members.Students work with a variety of methods -- experiments, archival research, statistical causal analysis, and ethnography -- and a variety of source types, including case studies, data and statistics, news, scholarly journals, and experimental research.
This guide is organized by the types of sources being researched. Academic research usually comprises secondary source material such as monographs, articles, essays and reports. Statistics and News are specific kinds of primary sources. The list of organizations points students toward both primary and secondary material. Recommended readings provide context for student research. Campus Resources offer guidance to events and expertise at Berkeley.