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Research Process

The following steps will help you organize your research.

Develop or Select a Topic
(Try to choose a topic that interests you.)

What are the main concepts?
(Keywords, synonyms, related terms)

Find overview or background info on the topic
(General or subject specific encyclopedias)

(ClinicalKey Overviews, DynaMed Plus, Textbooks)

Review your topic
(Your topic needs broadening – it is too narrow not enough information available)
(Your topic needs narrowing – it is too broad, too much information, cannot be knowledgeable on all aspects of the topic)

Locate and retrieve materials
(Library Catalog, databases for eBooks, databases for scholarly journals, Internet resources)
(PubMed, CINAHL, Cochrane Library, BrowZine)

Evaluate your sources and select best sources
(Review sources by authority, accuracy, objectivity, currency, and coverage)

Organize, Write and Revise

Document your sources
(Cite - Zotero)


Credit to UCF DNP Guide