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About this guide

This guide contains information and resources to assist you as you search for and write about evidence-based research.

  • Evidence-Based Resources provides information about and links to article databases and websites that can assist you in finding evidence.
  • Writing Resources provides links to resources that can assist you with writing your paper and citing your sources.
  • Access Post-Graduation provides information about resources that are available to you after graduation.

Starting your search

   Start to think about your question. What are you interested in answering?

   Do some preliminary research to see what literature is out there and refine your question.

   Formulate a well-built question -

          The PICO Model is one example of a way to frame evidence-based questions

    Identify the main idea/keywords/topics in your question

    Consider all possible terms, including synonyms and alternate spelling to describe the topics

    Use OR to broaden your search / Use AND to narrow your search

    Try different combinations of terms, particularly if limited retrieval

    Consider using limits such as publication types, date range, and methodology

    Review search results; critically appraise retrieved articles  

    Revise search as appropriate.

Search Strategy

Background Research

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