This guide may be of particular use to students on Early Years, Early Childhood Studies and Education courses who are undertaking a secondary research dissertation or research proposal.
If your dissertation or final year project is secondary researched based you may be asked do perform a more structured search called PIO. PIO searching is very different from how you will have looked for research in the past. For this reason it can seem daunting but the following guides can help your through the process from the preparing your search terms to using the databases.
It is important to plan a search strategy before beginning your research. This guide will help you decide what you want to find and will save you time in the future. For Evidence Based Practice (EBP) searches you will be expected to break down your question into its key concepts using a formula such as PIO: Population; Intervention (or issue); Outcome
Once you have decided on all of your search terms and structured your PIO search you need to input them into the databases to find the relevant research. The following guide will demonstrate how to input your terms using boolean operators to find the best research.
You can open any of our databases and search without having to create a personal account. To use some of the more advanced features of our EBSCO resources you need to create a personal account in order to: