A well-formulated research question:
Question format is a helpful tool researchers can use to structure a question that will facilitate a focused search. For example, such a format includes: PICO, PICOTT, etc.
The PICO format is commonly used in evidence-based clinical practice. The format creates a "well-built" question that identifies four concepts:
In adults with recurrent furunculosis (skin boils), do prophylactic antibiotics, compared to no treatment, reduce the recurrence rate?
You may want to think about criteria that will be used to select articles for your literature review based on your research question. These are commonly known as inclusion criteria and exclusion criteria.
Inclusion criteria are elements of an article that must be present in order for it to be eligible for inclusion in a literature review.
Exclusion criteria are the elements of an article that disqualify the study from inclusion in a literature review.
It is recommend that you consult a librarian for a discipline research guide with additional suggestions. You can browse a full list of TTUHSC EP Library Databases.
Go to the Libraries homepage and select Databases A-Z. The A-Z Database list can be searched by Subjects, All Database Types, Frequently Used Databases, or by name. You can always contact a TTUHSC EP Librarian for help.