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Creating your Research Question

Before even running to the librarian, you need to figure out what you want to research.

Word of advice: research a topic you find interesting! The easiest part of research is locating the right articles--the hardest part is reading and interpreting the data. If you don't find the data interesting, the work will be painful. So again: research a topic you find interesting! 


Try breaking your research question down before going to the databases: 

  • Write down your question in a narrative form and identify the key words for your search.
  • Think of synonyms for the keywords.

EXAMPLE: Does psychotherapy reduce the risk of PPD for patients between the ages of 13 and 17?


Keywords: psychotherapy, reduce, PPD, ages of 13 and 17


Possible Synonyms: 

  • Therapy
  • Counseling 
  • Reduc*
  • Post-Partum Depression 
  • Prenatal Depression
  • Perinatal Depression
  • Baby Blues
  • Teens
  • Adolescents

The word reduce is not a MeSH term, but by placing the asterisk * at the beginning of the word will help the database look for the following words: reduce, reduced, reduction, reducing, reduces, etc.


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