On a sheet of paper write your research question & circle your main concepts
Generate a list of terms with at least 2 terms per concept
Always keep a list of terms when searching so can try different combinations (search strings). And identify which terms are better for your topic and which ones to avoid in future searches.
Step 2: Knowing where to search
Recommended specialized databases: PsycNet, Psychology & Behavioral Sciences, CINAHL, PubMed, Health Source, Medline and Alt Health Watch for health sciences and ERIC for education topics.
Step 2: Knowing how to search
You can construct a variety of advanced searches. It is all about trying different searches until you finds a a couple of good search combinations for your research.
Step 3: Evaluating results
Read the abstract and skim to methods and results. Also look into references for additional articles.
Step 4: Keeping track of literature
Create account with databases to save searches and set up alarms
Keep a search journal and/or a document with references
Use citation management tools to organize your references
Citation Management Tools
Citation management tools are not perfect, always check your references with the proper citation manual style. In the Social Work Guide there is a link to APA handouts and links to citation management tools.
Literature Search Planning Sheet
Search in three different databases, six different searches, in order to find six peer re articles.
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