This research guide is designed for NUR 6020 students to find primary research articles and systematic reviews. You will also find information on databases, journals, books, APA formatting, and reference management. If you need help with your research, do not hesitate on contacting me, I am here to help you!
When you search for the best research evidence you might want to start by finding already-published evidence-based reviews, guidelines and protocols. These are articles in which the authors have already searched medical databases for the available literature on a medical topic and analyzed it to determine if the evidence supports a specific treatment. Note:systematic reviews, clinical guidelines and meta-analysis are secondary sources.
For your NUR 6020 assignment you must use primary resources but you can use secondary sources such as systematic reviews to identify the important research studies that have been published on your topic.
1. Develop keywords for each of applicable PICO(T) elements of your topic.
2. Start your search by combine 2 or 3 PICO(T) elements.
3. Look for subject headings that represent your keyword and PICO (T) elements.
4. Apply limiters depending on your topic, consider what is the best type of studies.