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Creating Effective Research Questions

Creating Effective Research Questions

In health care, we often ask complicated questions that have a number of components and variable terminology. The way you describe your information need will impact the relevancy of the information you find. Take control over your search results by clearly articulating what you want to find.

This session:

  • Explores the difference between background and foreground questions, and primary and secondary sources
  • Illustrates breaking down more complex questions into discrete concepts using established tools (e.g. PICO, search grid)
  • Outlines how to select a resource to search based on your question

Learning outcomes:

  • Determine the scope of information need
  • Narrow the focus of research questions
  • Identify key concepts and related terminology
  • Select appropriate resource(s) to search based on need

Recommended for: Staff, physicians and/or researchers engaged in locating information for use in practice or in the creation of knowledge resources (guidelines, policies, pamphlets, original research)

Thursday, February 27, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Online through Skype
All Zones
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To participate in an online session, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • You must have access to a computer with Skype for Business installed. If you do not have the software, you will be required to install a web app plugin that will allow you to attend as a guest
  • You must have an audio output device connected (headphones or speakers) to be able to hear the instructor
  • You must have an audio input device (webcam or microphone) connected whether you wish to participate verbally or not. If you do not wish to speak, you may type in the chat window
  • Experience using chat
  • Experience copying/pasting text and URLs

If you do not meet the above requirements, please consider registering for an in-person session or requesting a one-on-one consult

Prior to the start of the session, test your sound settings to ensure you are ready. See Testing Skype Sound Settings* for step-by-step instructions.

To learn more about Skype for Business, see https://intra.nshealth.ca/UCS/BPS/SitePages/SkypeforBusiness.aspx*

*Internal link, you must be on the NSHA network to access

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