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Keywords to Try When Searching
Place quotation marks around phrases of more than 1 word when searching. (EX: "athletic training")
Research method terminology:
- case reports
- case series
- clinical research
- data analysis
- empirical study
- literature review
- narrative review
- randomized controlled trial
- systematic review
Subject Headings to Try When Searching
Keywords are useful as a first step in searching when you're trying to find the terminology that is works best for researching your topic. You can look through your results for possisble subject terms and use those to narrow your results even further.
When using an EBSCO database to search subject terms, change the "Select a Field" option to indicate "SU Subject Terms."
Place quotation marks around your subject terms as indicated above.
Database subject terms for research methodologies:
- Bias (Epidemiology)
- EVIDENCE-based medicine
- Meta-Analysis as Topic
- RANDOMIZED controlled trials
- Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic methods
- Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic statistics & numerical data
- Research Design
- Review Literature as Topic
- SYSTEMATIC reviews (Medical research)
- Put a check in the Human box
In general, include the following as a Boolean NOT phrase:
- NOT rats or mice or rodents
Human Performance & Exercise Science
Finding and Narrowing a Topic
Find ideas in the syllabus, your text, class discussion, or Google News.
Narrow down a broad topic by asking yourself
the 5 W's: who? what? where? when? why?
As you search the databases, looking at
subject headings and abstracts can help you
focus your topic.
Using Boolean Operators (AND, OR, and NOT) with your keywords will help you narrow or expand your results.
The highlighted middle section represents the use of AND. Searching for poverty AND addiction will give you results with both words present. Therefore, your results are fewer.
Using OR between similar keywords will give you results that include both words. Therefore, your results are greater. A search for teenagers OR adolescents will retrieve either or both terms.
The NOT operator gives you results from only one of your words. Therefore, your results are fewer. Searching for addiction NOT alcohol will eliminate alcohol from the results.
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