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CLRA 6175 Week 5 Application: Week 5

Goal & objectives

For this week's application, you will learn how to search for and locate a quantitative study article that uses a chi-square test for three or more groups by:

  • choosing an appropriate subject database
  • conducting a search with relevant keywords
  • identifying a quantitative research article that uses a chi-square test

Choose a database

Start your search by entering a database that fits your subject area with these steps:

  1. On the Library homepage, go to the Research by Subject box.

  2. Click on Select a subject and choose: Health sciences
  3. Scroll down until you see a section called Health Sciences articles, journals & books.
  4. Click on Health Sciences databases and select a database. Many of these will work for this search, however, CINAHL & MEDLINE Simultaneous Search is recommended.

Note: The databases are organized with the largest collections at the top of the list, so selecting the first database is generally a good way to start.

Below is a search using the recommended database CINAHL & MEDLINE Simultaneous Search.

Build your search

Once you are in CINAHL & MEDLINE Simultaneous Search, you will see a search screen with multiple search boxes. We need to set up our search:

  • We will use the keyword chi square to find articles that use that methodology.
  • We will also use keywords to describe research that studied three groups or more
  1. In the first search box, type:

    chi square
  2. In the second search box, type:

    "three groups" OR "four groups"

    Note: The quote marks "glue" this together as an exact word with the hyphen so the database will search for this just as we have typed it. The word OR in between these phrases tells the database we don't care if the articles use either phrase.

  3. Click Search.
  4. Look in the article titles and abstracts to determine if the methods used in the article include the chi-square test. You can also look in the Subjects listed for an article.

    Note: Articles may use more than one method in their quantitative analysis of data. You can use an article even if it uses other methods along with the chi-square test. For instance, an article may use ANOVA and chi-square test to analyze data.


Try it and test yourself:

How did that work for you? Did you get many results? No results?