ESSG 61100: Research Methods

Best Bets

This is a great tool for finding primary biomedical journal articles with links to some full-text.
SPORTDiscus with Full Text
A comprehensive source of full-text articles for sports & sports medicine journals, providing full text for more than 520 journals indexed back to 1985. This is a great tool for all things related to sports and education.
This is a great tool for finding education, health promotion, and psychosocial health articles along with research articles.
Cochrane Library
A full-text database of systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

Google Scholar
A full-text database of science and medical journals.
Dissertations & Theses Global (ProQuest)
 Full-Text access to dissertations and theses. There are a lot of great systematic reviews and meta-analyses in the health sciences!
ERIC (Ebsco interface)
The premier education database including bibliographic citations, abstracts, and some full-text for journal articles, research and technical reports, conference papers and proceedings, program descriptions, teaching guides, and lesson plans. ERIC also includes evidence based health resources.
The premier pschology database with a lot of health and education research articles. 

Defining Your Research Question: PICO

Determine and define the clinical problem
·       Frame this in a question format as it will help you determine the key concepts: population, intervention and outcome.
Generate a list of keywords using PICO
·       Patient or Population (what is the disorder or disease)
·       Intervention
·       Comparison (if any)
·       Outcome (what you are hoping to assess)

Clinical Problem
Does exercise therapy improve bone density in aged women with osteoporosis

Search Strategies in Ebsco Databases

1.  Medline, CINAHL, SPORTDiscus, ERIC

1. exercis* or resistance training or weight lifting
2. osteoporosis or "bone mass"



Search Strategies in Other Databases

2.  Cochrane Library

3. Google Scholar

4.  Science Direct

5.  Dissertations & Theses

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