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Communication Sciences and Disorders

Search Tips

Search Tips for Research Methods

There isn't a definitive way to search for different types of research needed for assignments in this course; however, there are some general ways you can limit some of your results before looking at individual articles to see if they fit the criteria for each assignment.  

Search By Type

This may work if you are looking at:

  • Systematic Reviews

  • Meta-analysis

  • Qualitative Studies

But won't work for non-experimental or quasi-experimental studies.

Search example for systematic review

 

Within some types, there are a variety of choices. There may be some that you don't want in your results.  In those instances, use the NOT function in the search boxes to remove those types from your results.

Using not in a search box

Search By Characteristic

There isn't a definitive way to quickly retrieve articles based on characteristics, in part, because each author writes differently and describes their process in a non-standard way.  However, there are some general characteristics you could search for such as:

  • "Control group"

  • "multiple baseline"

  • ANOVA or "t-test"

anova

 

Generating a Search History Report

Generating a Search History Report in a Database

Most, if not all, databases have the capability to generate a search history that you can then print out and turn in for your assignments.  I've demonstrated how to do this using Communication & Mass Media Complete below.

  1. After you've completed your search, click "search history" underneath the search boxes.

  2. Then, select "Print History."