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Tips for Searching for Information

Before beginning to search for information...1.Think about the kind of information you need.

2.Break your topic into search terms, such as in "PICO" format:  P=Population/Problem (Ex: medication compliance and seniors); I=Intervention (Ex: Automatic alarm pill boxes); C=Comparison (Ex: Home nursing visits); O= Outcome (compliance)            

3. Build your search using the following tips:

  • Think of synoynms for your search terms (Ex: senior, elderly, aged)
  • Put phrases in quotation marks (Ex: "medication compliance")
  • Connect the synonyms with OR.  Put AND between the different elements of your search.
  • Example: "medication compliance" AND (senior OR elderly OR aged) AND (alarm pill boxes OR home nursing visits)

4. Think beyond Google. Try the resources on this guide. Below are handouts with tips for some of these resources.

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