What we (the Medical Library) can do for you...
The Medical Library (3rd floor of the Green Library) can help you with every part of your paper, but especially the bolded sections listed below. The following organization and quotes have been taken directly from Professor Radcliffe's handbook.
- Title page
- Structured abstract
- Table of contents
- Background - we can direct you to the "large variety" of resources you need, including some general reference sources like encyclopedias, textbooks, monographs, seminal articles and peer-reviewed articles so that you can describe the condition you are writing about to your readers, explain the history of medical knowledge about the condition, and set the stage for the aspect of the condition that you will be exploring with your literature review.
- Methodology – we can show you how to document and explain your search strategy including which search engines/ databases you used, your keywords, subject headings, sub-headings, and other controlled vocabulary. You will also need to explain your inclusion/exclusion criteria and why you chose the type of literature (RCT, case report, literature review, book chapter, systematic review, meta-analysis, etc…) that you wound up using in your review.
- Review of the Literature
When you first meet with us, we can also help you pick out a topic and revise it (which usually happens when you start seeing what is and is not out there in the literature). Research is an iterative process. Your final search strategy will definitely be different the than your first one.