Why can it be so hard to find the right research article?
There are many terms for research - study, trial, experiment. There are also many ways to do research - observational studies, cohort studies, experimental studies, randomized control trials.
To add to this complexity, there are different ways to find research in the different search engines/databases.
This page is intended to help you find the research articles you need with the least amount of frustration.
Let us know how we do.
Use one or more of the following to find research articles. (Works in most databases.)
Limit tab/link: Publication types or article types; Clinical Queries; Journal Subsets
Subject terms/MeSH: Use terms such as...Cohort Studies, Single-blinded Studies, Ethnographic Research, etc.
Keywords: random*, interview*, study, etc.
The * asterisk is used to get all endings for a word. e.g. random*= random, randomly, randomize, randomise, etc.
Step #1, look for Systematic Reviews
- Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (EBM Reviews)
- DARE: Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness (EBM Reviews)
~ You can search these together - Include synonyms/alternative terms, truncation, British spellings
- CINAHL: Under “Additional Limits”, try some of these:
Publication type: Systematic Reviews
Clinical Queries: Reviews (3 kinds, can select all)
- MEDLINE: Under “Additional Limits”, try some of these:
Subject Subset: Systematic Reviews
Publication type: Meta-analysis
Clinical Queries: Reviews (Optimized)
- CINAHL: One easy thing, mark the “research” box on the main screen
Publication type: Clinical trial
Clinical queries: all 3 – specificity, sensitivity, min difference
Special Interest Category: Evidence based practice
subsets: Peer reviewed journals
- MEDLINE: One easy thing, select all 4 options from the “EBM Reviews” box on the main screen
Publication types: Clinical trial, specific phases of trials, Controlled clinical trial, Comparative study, Evaluation studies, Meta-analysis, Multicenter study, Randomized controlled trial, Twin study, Validation studies
Clinical Queries: Optimized
Summary for CINAHL & MEDLINE:
Scopus doesn't have as many limits as CINALH & MEDLINE. you wil lhave to used keyword and subject terms. to limit to research studeis. For quantitative rsearch try these:
Step #3, to see ALL available Evidence-Based resources
On the Health Sciences Library homepage, select All Resources (left hand column) and by subject, select: Evidence based medicine.