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HHPS 7301 - Research Methods in Health Sciences

Searching Preparation Worksheet

Taking a few minutes to plan your search (including search terms and synonyms) can save you time. 

It is highly recommended that you print out and complete the searching worksheet BEFORE you continue.

Empirical vs Review Articles

For this class you will be using empirical articles. If you need a refresher on the difference between empirical and review articles, use the link below to access a handout.

Searching for Articles on a Topic: MEDLINE Complete and SPORTDiscus

In order to find peer-reviewed journal articles, you will need to search the library's databases. Start with MEDLINE Complete.

First, print the screenshots, then use the link below to access MEDLINE Complete.

If your research topic or question has to do with physical education, sport management, or exercise science, you can also search SPORTDiscus.

Searching for Articles on a Topic: Other Databases

Here are some other databases that may help you find articles, especially if your research topic or question is dealing with health behavior/attitudes and theories of change. If your topic has a psychological slant, you may wish to search one or both of these databases.

First, print the screenshots, then go ahead and search.

Don't give up!

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     If you find an article you would like to read and cannot access the full text, 

   or you are struggling to find articles, Ask Us!