Module 2: Formulating a Research Question and Searching for Sources
We’ve come to the end of this module. Below are the key points that we hope you will take away from the topics covered:
- Your research question can be qualitative or quantitative.
- A formula like PICO(T) can assist you in creating your question and identifying your key search terms.
- Your search terms can include related words and the controlled vocabulary of the subject database.
- Using Boolean operators will help you put your search terms together in a coherent search strategy.
- Subject databases have limiters that will help you filter your search results.
- Use search techniques like citation searching to make sure you have found relevant sources.
- If you have a working search strategy, have searched all your identified resources and used citation searching techniques, you can stop searching and start analyzing.
- You need to document your search process.
- In some cases, more in-depth assistance is required and you can book a research consultation with your subject librarian to review your initial search.