HDE161: Technology Use, Health and Aging

by Melissa Browne – August 11, 2021

Use this guide to identify sources for your Review Paper. For a comprehensive listing of scholarly search tools, visit the UC Davis Library website.

Melissa Browne

Student Services Librarian



In this Guide:

Consider these questions to help you focus your research:


  • A problem that older adults face as they age, e.g. vision loss | mobility impairment
  • A technology that could offer a solution, e.g. smart lighting | exergames or fall detectors

2. SOURCES: What types of evidence might help inform your thinking about this topic?

Types of Sources:

Research Tool:

Books, E-books UC Davis Library Catalog
Scholarly Articles Subscription Database(s) e.g. PsycINFO, PubMed
Web Sources Commercial Search Engine(s)


3. SEARCH: What has been published in credible sources?

4. ANALYZE: It’s likely you will revise your search strategies and/or perspective on your question as you navigate the research process.

Options for focusing or expanding your search:

  • Population, e.g. age range, gender, ethnicity, medical condition
  • Research methodology, e.g. original research study, literature review
  • Publication timeframe, e.g. last 5 years


Use these tools to find definitions, background details and search terms to describe your topic. Leverage the bibliographies to find scholarly articles. For a more extensive listing of tools for information research in human development and gerontechnology, see the library’s Subject Guides for Psychology, Health Sciences, Sociology or Computer Engineering.

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Nancy A. Pachana (Ed.)
Publication Info: 2017


Rocío Fernández-Ballesteros, Athanase Benetos, Jean-Marie Robine (Eds.)
Publication Info: 2019


Gerontechnology: Research, Practice, and Principles in the Field of Technology and Aging

Sunkyo Kwon (Ed.)
Call #: Shields Library General Collection RC952.5 .G47 2017
Publication Info: 2017


“The MIT AgeLab is a multidisciplinary research program that works with business, government, and NGOs to improve the quality of life of older people and those who care for them.”


“Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. We conduct public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research. “

Given the interdisciplinary nature of the field, you’ll likely need to explore multiple search tools to find relevant sources that inform your thinking about your research question.

Search Terms

  • elderly or aged or geriatric or “older people” or “older adults” or seniors or “senior citizens”

gerontechnology or gerotechnology or geroscience

  • when you find a relevant source, check the first page for an “author keywords” section and note additional terms

Journals to Browse