Sample topic: Is patient education effective in reducing COPD among smokers?
Identify the concepts in your topic:
Use a dictionary, thesaurus, textbook, database or CINAHL Headings to find alternative search terms:
How does _____ contribute to _____? Or, What is the impact of ____ on ____? (What is the impact of poverty on mental health in adulthood? Can frequent social media use make you more narcissistic? Can community programs be used to reduce depression amongst teens?)
How you choose to answer your research question is up to you, but your response to the question should be backed by research that shows evidence to support or oppose the views being expressed.
Take keywords from your research question and formulate a search. Join ideas with AND to create a complete search:
|"culturally competent care" OR "cultural safety"||nursing||elder*|
|"patient education"||COPD OR "Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease"||elder* OR senior OR geriatric||smoking|
What do I want to tell my reader? A thesis should tell the purpose of the paper.
You would never build a house without a blue-print, so why would you write an essay without one? Build the scaffolding before filling in the details. Break out topics and sections first so you know where your paper is going, and you know your research needs.
Identify your keywords before searching. Use a thesaurus to come up with synonyms for the same word to expand search results.
Find a good article? Check the citations or reference list and search OCtopus to find the articles used by the author.
Truncate words to increase your search results
Proximity searching decreases your search results
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