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Advanced Health Sciences Research: Qualitative or Quantitative Information

This guide is designed to assist Nursing and Health Sciences students with research projects.

Introduction

Be aware that qualitative and quantitative terms and concepts are not exclusive and can appear in any type of study. The suggested search terms in the middle boxes are guidelines only. Moreover, some studies use both qualitative and quantitative methodologies so careful reading of your retrieved articles is essential.

Qualitative Information

In all databases, in the Abstract field of the search box, try any of these related terms: qualitative, survey or surveys, interview*, observation*, narrative*, questionnaire*, focus group*, sample*, scale* etc.

CINAHL

  • choose appropriate Publication types from the "Limit your results" section of the main search page
  • from the Clinical Queries limit box, choose Qualitative Studies
  • use Qualitative Studies as a proper CINAHL Subject Heading

Proquest

  • use Qualitative Research in the subject field

Academic Search Complete/HealthSource Nursing

  • use Qualitative Research in the subject field

Medline

  • formulate your search, then click "Additional Limits", and choose Qualitative Studies from the Clinical Queries box

Quantitative Information

In all databases, in the Abstract field of the search box try any of these related terms: quantitative, cohort, valid*, hypothesis, instrument*, method*, reliabilit*.

CINAHL

  • choose appropriate Publication types from the "Limit your results" section of the main search page.
  • If you know the quantitative measure that you want to study, try your term, like 'multivariate', 'regression', 'chi square' , 'confidence' in the Word in Subject Heading field of the search pull-down menu
  • If you know the name of a scale, method, or test enter that into the Instrumentation search field, or choose the Publication Type, Research Instrument
  • use Quantitative Studies as a proper CINAHL Subject Heading

Proquest

  • choose Document Type under "More Search Options".

Academic Search/HealthSource Nursing/Proquest Nursing

  • use Quantitative Research in the subject field

Note: Sometimes you can quickly identify quantitative information in an article abstract by looking for numerical data expressed as a percentage, ratio, scale, equation, measurement etc.

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