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MSRC_405: Applied Research and Writing

Helpful Tips

Research Methods

Resources for Articles

Medicine/Health Care | Regulatory Compliance | Multidisciplinary | Psychology-Human Development-Social Work | Quality Systems
Click to navigate to the appropriate topical section below:

Medicine / Health Care

Regulatory Compliance

Multidisciplinary Databases

In each of these databases your search will identify articles in journals from a wide range of subject areas including physical and life sciences, technology, social sciences, business and leadership, and the arts and humanities.

Psychology - Human Development - Social Work

Quality Systems

Activities & Session Feedback

Database search results can be improved through trial and error.  Practice using the questions in the chart below and considering the reflection questions when reviewing search results.

Search Examples for Discussion (thanks to Suzan Moeller for these examples!)  Worksheet version for use in class session.
PICO Research Question Keywords / Synonyms for
Database Search Keywords
Database to Search



Does a ketogenic diet improve glycemic control
in patients with obesity and type 2 diabetes
mellitus compared to a regular diet?

"ketogenic diet"
"diet therapy"

"type 2 diabetes mellitus"


"glycemic control"

Questions to Consider

Which concepts of the question
are important to include in your
search statement? All?  Just a

Is the 'comparative' element of the question addressed in results that do not use that keyword?

Did you identify additional, perhaps better, keywords among your search results?

Are synonyms helpful?  For all





Questions to Consider

What similarities & differences do you notice about the search results in these databases?

For different databases is it important to use different keywords?

What search filters are offered by the different databases? How could those be helpful?

Session Feedback

Instructional Videos

Searching with Keywords (~2.5 min)
This short video provides tips that will improve your searches in library databases.

Scholarly & Popular Articles (~4 min) - a review of their characteristics