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Finding Sources 

Finding Sources
Chapter:
Finding Sources
Author(s):

Ian M. MacFarlane

, Patricia McCarthy Veach

, and Bonnie S. LeRoy

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199359097.003.0002
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date: 05 December 2020

Before one can write a quality review of literature, one must first be able to locate and gain access to important research related to the research question. A quality literature search can yield information important for designing a study, defining key terms, analyzing data, and interpreting results. This chapter provides an overview of scholarly databases in general, as well as those most likely to be of use to genetic counseling researchers (e.g., PubMed, Medline, PSYCInfo, Google Scholar). Search strategies and techniques are specified, and tips for managing either too many or too few search results are presented. This chapter includes three worksheets: one to prepare for a literature search, one to practice identifying keywords, and one to organize the search as the researcher progresses through the literature.

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