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Respiratory Care: Introduction to Research: Overview

An Introduction to research practice for respiratory care students.

What is a literature search?

A systematic and thorough search of published literature in order to collect information about a particular topic.

Why do we do literature searches?

  • Create research proposals
  • Collect evidence on effectiveness of clinical treatments
  • Gather information for presentations
  • To make a clinical decision

Interlibrary Loan

If you cannot access an article, don't pay for it. Use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) instead.

If the library doesn't have access to the article you can request it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and we will order it for you and send you a digital copy.

In most instances there is no fee for this service.

Steps for acquiring evidence

  1. Identify a clinical problem
  2. Create a well-defined research question [using PICO]
    • Brainstorm and gather synonyms
    • Construct the search strategy
  3. Select most likely resources (databases)
  4. Tailor search strategy to database(s)
  5. Save search & export results to reference manager

APA Citation Style