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PSL495 Communicate Biomedical Science

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Search tips

1. Structure your search strategy with Concept Boxes

  1. Write out the question which you would like to answer through a literature search
  2. Underline the main topics
  3. List each unique topic in one box list
  4. Group synonymous topics in the same box

For example: I would like to explore how physical activity has an impact upon  memory .


2. Think of Synonyms

Concept 1 Concept 2

physical activity


physical fitness


exercise, exercises, exercising







3. Why do these steps?

Language is variable and there is often more than one way to describe a concept as can be seen in the table above.  This allows for a more sensitive search and you can use critical appraisal skills to choose articles that meet your assignment needs.