You will need to use journal articles and other research for the most specific and current information for your assignment. Search for journal articles using La Trobe Library Databases.
Before you begin your search, you will need to develop a clear search strategy. Follow the steps below to create a concept map. This helps to articulate your research question and with maintaining the logic of the search (where to use AND, where to use OR - the Boolean linking terms for your keywords).
- Formulate a clear, focused research question.
- Deconstruct the question into concepts.
- Compile a list of Keywords for the concepts, including as many synonyms as necessary.
- If you have a clinical question PICO may help in creating your map (Population, Intervention or exposure, Comparative Intervention, Outcomes). Consider adding another column for the Research Design, ie. which study type will give the highest level of evidence to answer the question
- Consider the Levels of Evidence required for your question, this may form another column in your concept map representing the research design e.g. Systematic Review, RCT's etc.
- For a qualitative question PIER may help in creating your map (Population/Problem, Issue, Experience or view, Research Design)
- If neither PICO nor PIER helps, break your topic down into concept one, concept two, etc
PICO / PICOR map: