For the Week 1 discussion, you are asked to find a quantitative article of interest to you that has social change implications. This guide will teach you how to search for a quantitative research article in a database that has content relevant to your area of interest. Specifically, this guide will discuss how to:
Searching the Library databases is not the same as doing a Google search. Here are some key differences:
To effectively search the Library databases we suggest:
To learn more about finding articles on your topic in the databases, please see our guide:
To learn more about Boolean Operators, please see our guide:
Which database you search in will determine the results that you get. For example, if you search in a health or nursing database, the results you get will be geared toward the health sciences and nursing. If you search in an education database, you'll get results that are focused on education.
To help you find a database that is relevant to your area of study, we have divided the Library databases into subject areas. Here is how you can access them:
1. On the Library Homepage, click the Research by Subject drop-down.
2. Click the subject area that most closely matches your area of interest:
3. Once you have clicked on a subject, you'll be on the Research Homepage for that subject. Scroll down until you see the list of databases and click on the title of a database to access it.
Note: The databases are organized with the largest collections at the top of the list, so selecting the first database is generally a good place to start.
Quantitative studies use numbers and statistics to test their hypotheses.
Some keywords associated with quantitative research studies include:
Since not all quantitative research studies have the word quantitative in the title or abstract, it may help to link together the names of different types of quantitative research studies in your search.
Here is an example of a search for quantitative research studies on community health promotion in the CINAHL Plus with Full Text database. Please see the pick a database instructions above for information on how to access the Health Sciences databases. Depending on your subject area, the database you search may look different than this example. But you can still use a similar search strategy.
1. In the first search box enter:
health promotion OR health education
2. In the second search box, enter:
3. In the third search box, enter:
quantitative OR statistics
Here is what your search boxes should look like:
4. To limit your results to only peer-reviewed articles, go below the search boxes and click in the box under Peer Reviewed Scholarly Journals.
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5. Then click on the Search button to run your search.
6. As you look through your results, you can refer to the evaluate your results section below to make sure the article you pick is indeed a quantitative research study.
Which of the following keywords will not help you find quantitative studies in the Library databases?
a. Meta analysis
Unfortunately, just because you entered keywords associated with the research type you are trying to find, that doesn't guarantee that all of your results will be the desired research type. Once you have your list of results, reflect on the keywords associated with your desired research method. With those keywords in mind, here are a few places you can look to check that you've truly found what you wanted:
Here is how you can access an article's abstract:
1. From the list of results, click on the title of the article.
2. If you are not automatically taken to the detailed record page, click on Detailed Record in the left column.
3. Scroll down until you see the abstract section.
Note: Not all articles have an abstract. If the one you picked does not, you'll need to look at the full text of the article.
Note: These sections may have slightly different headings, but will generally be near the beginning of the article.
To learn more about evaluating your results, please see our guide:
The following tutorial will show you how to use our database SAGE Research Methods Online to find information about quantitative methodologies:
Quantitative Quiz Answer:
Interviews are a type of qualitative research. Meta analyses, data, and trials are all good keywords for finding quantitative research.