Qualitative Research Methods

Course #: MU606

Library web site

  • the quickest tour ever: COVID-19, books, articles, journals, theses

what is a Library database?

Database searching tips

  1. Developing a research question: for graduate students
  2. Consider word variations and synonyms
    • think about how others might refer to your ideas
    • e.g, child death, perinatal death, neonatal death, stillbirth, sudden infant death, etc.
  3. Better searching using AND, OR, NOT
    • AND (all terms) OR (one of the terms) NOT (exclude terms)
    • Parentheses and Boolean operators can be used to set apart search groups
    • e.g, NEAR/# = search terms within a specified number of words apart, e.g., music NEAR/3 therapy
  4. Limit or expand terms
    • "quotation marks" (exact) truncat* (truncate, truncates, truncated, truncation, etc.)
  5. Employ search limiters (available limiters depend on the database)
    • peer reviewed, article type, date
    • e.g, in PsycInfo, can include: age group, population group, methodology
  6. Identify key publications and authors
    • note citations, and cited references, repeated author names
  7. Document and track everything you do in the steps above
  8. What does this look like in action?

Choosing a Library Database


  • Search Omni to identify books at Laurier (COVID: requests to other libraries not possible)
    • limit to "Available Online"
    • limit to "Books and eBooks"
  • Search within ebook collections to search within the full text of eBooks (as opposed to searching titles in Omni)

research methodologies

Greenhalgh, T. (2019). How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence-Based Medicine and Healthcare. (6th ed.). John Wiley & Sons.

Predatory Journals

Managing Citations