Step 1: Express your question as a sentence
For undergraduate phamacy students, does problem based learning result in better student comprehension of course concepts as compared to case based learning?
Step 2: Express your question as a PICO (note that not every question will fit within the PICO format, and that's okay)
|Undergraduate pharmacy students
|Problem based learning
|Case Based Learning
Step 3: Determine your minimum searchable concepts
Are there other ways that authors might have written about your topic? What other words express the same idea?
Truncation is used to search for alternate word endings in a database. Usually its done by placing an asterisk (*) where you consider the end of the word's root to be. But be careful! If you put the asterisk too soon in the word, you'll get too many irrelevant words in your search results. For example:
Adding quotation marks will help you find phrases in a database.
Searching for "problem based" will find results where 'problem' and 'based' appear right beside each other.
Searching for just problem based will find any result where both of those words appear but not necessarily side by side.
Pro Tip: Use all 3 methods together!
Pharm* AND "problem based"
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