Answered By: Jeffrey Orrico Last Updated: Feb 01, 2017 Views: 36
Two efficient ways to locate journal articles of this nature are by use of built-in database limiters or through the use of those terms in your search string. For example, CINAHL’s limiters (scroll down from the search windows) include “Evidence Based Practice”, “Randomized Controlled Trials”, “Clinical Queries”, and “Publication Type”:
In ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health advanced search, similar Limiter tools are available:
If you don’t see a Limiter tool, add the terms for that kind of research to your search string (“case study”, “randomized trial”, “controlled trial”).
Focus on databases which focus on the scientific field of interest (e.g., BioOne, CINAHL, Science Direct, etc.).
Scholarly research papers will have the hallmarks of original, replicable research. The primary publication of scientific papers is defined as “(1) the first publication of original research results (2) in a form where peers of the author can repeat the experiments and test the conclusions, and (3) in a journal or other source document readily available within the scientific community.” [Day, Robert A. 2010. How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper. Westport, CT: Oryx Press, p. 20]
“A scientific paper is organized to meet the needs of valid publication. It is, or should be, highly stylized, with distinctive and clearly evident component parts. The most common labeling of the component parts, in the basic sciences, is Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion (hence, the acronym IMRAD). Actually, the heading ‘Materials and Methods’ may be more common than the simpler ‘Methods,’ but it is the latter form that was fixed in the acronym.” [Day, Robert A. 2010. How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper. Westport, CT: Oryx Press, p. 20]