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CSD 507 Research Methods: Home

Welcome to the CSD 507 Course Guide

This guide will help you throughout the research process.  

Use this guide to start your search with the most relevant resources Elmhurst has to offer.

I recommend that you start your research by gathering some background information on your topic.  Reference sources can help you define your terms, generate search terms, and provide you with more sources. 

Using Elmhurst University Research Resources

Check out these tutorials (15 minutes or less) on using Elmhurst University library resources for your research.

Types of Evidence

Types of Literature

Types of Literature

Empirical research articles: Usually published in peer-reviewed journals. Although a research article will include a bibliography of other literature reviewed, and may lead you to similar articles, its primary purpose is to present original findings. Look for the following elements

  • Introduction
  • Research design (participants)
  • Discussion of data & methods
  • Results

Evidence-Based Care Sheets and Evidence-Based Articles: both evidence-based care sheets and evidence-based articles are similar to review articles (described below). These types of articles focus on summarizing research relating to specific ailments and the efficacy of their treatments, and serve as general overviews.

Review articles: Summarizes and synthesizes the results of many different original studies. Its purpose is to define the state of the literature on a particular topic, and discuss different methodologies for conducting research. Review articles are excellent sources for locating research articles, and contain helpful bibliographies.

Clinical articles: Written for practitioners. Clinical articles might present a particular case study or define a new technique.

(source: Clemens, Rachel, "Library Research Guide for Nursing," Dept. of Nursing, Cal State University)