Finding Resources for yourPublic Health - Literature Review
Research Strategy1. State your research question…..• Simply state what it is you want to find out(Ex:) Does TV violence cause kids to act violentlytoward others?**You will use your research question to determinehow you are going to search the library databases.
Research Strategy2. Select key concepts…(Ex:) Does TV violence cause kids to act violentlytoward others?• The key concepts are TV, violence & kids TV violence kids**Do not select common words that would be in any article
Research Strategy3. Identify synonyms… Try to use words that ‘scholars’ would use Kids Violence OR TV OR Hostility OR Children OR Television OR Youth Aggression
Research Strategy4. Truncate appropriate words…• Kids OR Children OR Youth child* = child, child’s, children, childrens• TV OR Television televis* = televise, televised, televising, television
Research Strategy5. Select the title field for the search….• The default search for most search boxes is a keyword search – so it looks for these words to be anywhere in the article.• Choose the [Title] field option to really narrow down your search
EbscoA great place to start is with Ebsco.Click [Choose Databases] to add the following additional databases: Biomedical Reference Collection: CINAHL Plus with Full Text: Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Cochrane Methodology Register: Database of Abstracts and Reviews Health Technology Assessments: MEDLINE: NHS Economic Evaluation Database: Nursing & Allied Health Collection:* Limit your search to “Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals”
Web of Knowledge **Ability to search and sort results by Times CitedLemmatization is turned on by default (finds alternative forms of the search term, ex: tooth and teethDoes not have a Peer-Reviewed limiter
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Next Step….. Locating the full-text See the “Locating the full-text”presentation for detailed instructions.
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