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Step 1: Search Terms from Research Question

Good Reaserch Question = Bad Search Terms:

What are the clinical practice guidelines for treating pressure ulcers?

 Find important words, and refine ambiguous terms

What are the clinical practice guidelines for treating pressure ulcers?

Good Search Terms:

"clinical practice guidelines" "pressure ulcers"



Step 2: Get Background Information

Finding Background Information


  • Overview   -   Gain a broad understanding of your topic
  • Definitions - Be an informed reader
  • Notable Names - Know the major players
  • Dates & Events - Contextualize your topic
  • Bibliographies - Fish those citations!

          General Encyclopedias

               Use Fetch to find online encyclopedia entries aka Research Starters for your search terms.

               Other useful online encyclopedias:
               Wikipedia: Medical Guidelines (Remember, use only for preliminary research and information from appropriate references)
                                    Reference #12 Circulation

         Subject Specific Encyclopedias

  •          Extensive - Gain a more in-depth understanding of your topic


Step 3: Gather More Search Terms

Build a list of keywords and synonyms


"clinical practice guideline" • CPG "clinical guideline" CG 

"clinical protocol" "clinical Policy" • CP "medical guideline" MG

ulcer • decubitous ulcer • sore • bedsore pressure ulcer

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