EXSS 37500: Research Methods in Exercise Science

Defining Your Research Question

Determine and define the clinical problem
·       Frame this in a question format as it will help you determine the key concepts: population, intervention and outcome.
Generate a list of keywords using PICO
·       Patient or Population (what is the disorder or disease)
·       Intervention
·       Comparison (if any)
·       Outcome (what you are hoping to assess)

Best Bets

Search for Scholarly Articles
MEDLINE (EBSCO) / PubMed
This is a great tool for finding primary medical and research articles.

CINAHL
This is a great tool for finding education, health promotion, and psychosocial health articles along with research articles.
SPORTDiscus with Full Text
This is a great tool for finding sports medicine, fitness, coaching and education articles. 
ERIC (Ebsco interface)
This is a great tool for finding education articles.
Cochrane Library
A collection of evidence-based medicine databases.

Search Strategies

Here are a few different search strategies to try: 
osteoporosis or "bone density" or "bone mineral density" 


Don't Forget to Apply Filters:


Course Material

Goldacre, B. (2010). Bad science: Quacks, hacks, and big pharma flacks. New York: Faber and Faber.