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HLT505 Research Skills Guide: Finding articles for HLT505

A guide to searching for research articles for HLT505

Finding Specific Types of Research

In your HLT505 Assessment 1, you are looking for research articles, so, in whatever database you are using, look for any way to restrict your results to Research Article. For example, on the Advanced Search screen of CINAHL Plus with Full Text, there is a tick-box limiter for Research Article.

Quantitative Research

You need to find four articles, two representing quantitative research and two representing qualitative research.  For the full instructions for this assessment task, please refer to your Subject outline

  • To find an article on an epidemiology question, use search terms that indicate the population group you are interested in, the disease of interest, and what measurement you are interested in (eg. prevalen*, incidence, severity, frequen*).
  • If your epidemiology question concerns a possible correlation between two variables, try using a Boolean phrase such as correlat* OR associat* OR risk factor in addition to naming the variables you are interested in.
  • To search for an intervention effectiveness (experimental) study, use a phrase such as intervention OR effect* OR trial. Add keywords that indicate the population, intervention, and outcome of interest.
  • To find a systematic review article, see if there is a way to restrict your finds to Review (eg. the Publication Type limiter in CINAHL Plus with Full Text includes an option for Systematic Review).
  • For diagnostic and prognostic questions, include possible variants of the disorder/disease you are interested in, along with the terms assess* OR diagnos*, or the term prognos*.

Qualitative Research

When searching for your two qualitative articles, include lived experience OR qualitative as a line in your search, along with terms that indicate the group, setting, or health condition you are interested in.

Remember that qualitative research is identifiable by the type of data collected (non-numerical), not the topic of the data.

Remember also that you need to find two qualitative articles that use different methods of qualitative data collection and/or analysis (eg. interview, focus group, case study, ethnography, phenomenology, photo-elicitation, observation). You can use these as search terms, or, sometimes, as limiters.

Limiting or Refining by Date

Don't forget that you need to find articles published in the last 10 years. Primo Search and databases give you the option to limit (at the time a search is run) or refine (after the search has been run) your results by date.


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