Welcome to the HIP202 Research Skills Guide.
This guide is to help you search the Allied Health literature for published studies relevant to health practice. It will help you with Assessment Item One – Ask & Acquire Examples - and the e-exam. It builds on a similar guide for HIP100 (the HIP100 Research Skills Guide).
The content here focusses on the first two steps of the Evidence-Based Practice process: Ask, and Acquire. There is a section on asking clinical questions (asking the question), and the rest of the guide looks at searching for information (acquiring the evidence).
The focus of searching is on CINAHL Plus with Full Text. CINAHL is a reputable and health-specific resource which, because of its allied health focus, scholarly content, and sophisticated search functions, should always give much better results than general Internet searching. We also look at two alternative and publicly available resources: Google Scholar and PubMed.
You can work through this guide at your own pace, or dip into it as needed using the navigation structure (tabs and boxes), or the Next and Previous page links.
If you need further help, please contact me, or contact the Library, as in the boxes at right.
Finally, if you wish to test yourself on your knowledge of databases searching, there is an optional test in the HIP202 Interact site. Look for Optional 'Test Yourself' on Database Searching in the left menu. There are ten multiple-choice questions.
Wishing you all the best in HIP202 -