Research begins with developing a research question, which can be the objective of study or a problem to be solved. For a structured, clinical, approach to developing a research question, use the PICOT model (see link below). Otherwise, develop your search by identifying keywords and use Boolean Operators (AND and OR) to create your search strategy. In the planning stage it is also helpful to develop inclusion/exclusion criteria. These criteria will help you filter out citations not related to your research.
Discovery begins by performing your search in the three core databases listed below. Other specialized databases can be used also. (A list of all databases can be found below in the next box.)
Analyze search results using Zotero, a free, open source, citation manager.
Document your article selection process by using the PRISMA Article Flow Chart (linked below).
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