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Mon/Wed 10-11:30 and Tues 2-3:30 (may be cancelled occasionally due to class requests)
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The PICOT acronym can help you format your research question.
P = Population or Problem
I = Intervention (or Influencer if looking at a risk factor)
C = Comparison (optional)
O = Outcome
T = Time (optional)
Research Question Mad Libs!
One example of how to put together a draft research question, Mad Libs style! Notice where the PICOT elements fit? This question doesn't have the optional Comparison or Time elements of PICOT. Simpler is often better!
How does (Independent Variable aka Intervention) influence (Dependent Variable aka measurable Outcome) among (specific Population)?
To limit to databases for particular subjects, select arrow next to All Subjects. Depending on your topic, you might consider searching databases from Social Work, Psychology, Family Services, Criminology, Education, etc.
Is it empirical?
Empirical = based on observable evidence. An article is likely empirical IF:
It appears in a scholarly/peer-reviewed journal
The researchers gathered data
Look in: Abstract, Method(ology) section
Can be quantitative (most surveys) and/or qualitative (interviews, focus groups)
Authors report on an experiment/observation
It has these normal sections (may vary):
Literature review, even if in scholarly journal (authors only use published sources)
Use these to point you to other sources & get topic background!
Theoretical article, even if in scholarly journal
Essay, even if in scholarly journal
Gray area (check with your professor):
Scholarly/peer-reviewed article in which authors analyze data someone else collected ("secondary data analysis")
Case studies reporting on one or a few particular clients/organizations
If Rod Library does not own/subscribe to the material you need, the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) staff will try to get it for you. The ILL system is called ILLiad and uses your CatID & passphrase for logging in.