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LIBRARY GUIDE TO HS 2250 - Research Methods in Health Science

Steps of a Literature Review
  1. PROBLEM FORMULATION - which topic or field is being examined and what are the component issues? Broad searching - READ SOME STUFF 
  2. LITERATURE SEARCH - finding materials relevant to the subject explored - Precise searching - READ CLOSELY
  3. DATA EVALUATION - determining which literature makes a significant contribution to the understanding of the topic. - Dissect and chart findings
  4. ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATIONS - discussing the findings and conclusions of pertinent literature - Summarize and communicate relevance 
START by exploring Library OneSearch (includes books, ebooks, academic journals, newspapers)
*Try search terms and use facets on left to narrow. 

Subject specific databases:
Possible choices:
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff ABI/Inform Complete  
Healthcare and hospital administration and bussiness literature
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Thanks to Mel Applied Science & Technology Source  Literature on trends in the scientific, business and technological fields.  
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff CINAHL Complete   Most comprehensive and highly-authoritative database for research in nursing and health sciences
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Cochrane Library - collection of databases that contain evidence for healthcare decision-making. Includes systematic review abstracts, technology assessments, economic evaluations and individual clinical trials.
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Thanks to Mel Environment Complete  comprehensive and highly-authoritative database for research in nursing and health sciences
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Natural Medicines - peer-reviewed, authoritative source for information on complementary and integrative therapies.  It is composed of 10 different databases:  Herbs, Supplements, & Functional Foods, Health & Wellness, Comparative Effectiveness, Charts & Tables, Medical Conditions, Sports Medicine, Genomics & Proteomics, Environment & Global Health, and Animal Health.
Unrestricted Resource PubMed (MEDLINE)  - The National Library of Medicine's free interface for MEDLINE the premier database for biomedical journal citations
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff PsycINFO  - literature in psychology and related disciplines such as psychiatry, education, business, medicine, nursing, pharmacology, law, linguistics, and social work.
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Web of Science  Large collection of science and social science topicsvincluding environmental science, pubic health literature. 
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Library Contact
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Julia Rodriguez
Associate Professor / Health Sciences & Scholarly Communications Librarian

Schedule a research consultation (Fall & Winter only) - Currently all consultaions are conducted via GoogleMeet. 

If none of the time slots work for you or if there are none available, email me directly and suggest a date & time and I will do my best to accommodate you.



Refworks allows you to create a personal database of references and automatically generate formatted bibliographies for your projects.


Evaluating literature chart (blank Windows doc)

Database tutorials:

CINAHL tutorials
PUBMED tutorials

Analyzing Sources & Literature Review tutorials:
Essential Elements of a Literature Review guide (UC Santa Cuz)
Conducting Literature Reviews - detailed guide (USC)
Critically Analyzing Information Sources (Cornell Libraries)

Citation Help

Citation Style Guides:

APA 7th Style Guide (by Santa Fe College Library)
Sample paper 
Citation Linkers

To get the full-text of an article you found on the web or elsewhere paste the citation information into Google Scholar and follow the Get-it buttons.

Google Scholar Article Search

Or use the library's citation linker tool.

If we don't have your article electronically or in print try borrowing through InterLibrary Loan.


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