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Medical Education Resources

This guide supports the Medical Education program, a joint program of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and UC's College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services.

Search Word Help: Education

Search Word Help

The search words you use to search article databases like Education Research Complete or ERIC will yield the best results if the words mirror database terms used to describe the articles or are in the text of the articles.


Key Elements of Successful Searching:

· Synonyms: use more than one word or expression to describe your topic: for example: web-based instruction OR computer assisted instruction

· Truncation: use * to “truncate” words to find as many forms as possible for a word: for example: curricul* will yield curricula, curriculum or curricular

· Logical operators OR and AND: for example: curricul* AND medical education will yield articles that deal with both the topics of curricula/curriculum/curricular and medical education (narrows your search).  Curricul* OR lesson plan* will yield articles on either curricula/curriculum/curricular or lesson plans (broadens your search)

· Phrase searching: use N4 to find terms 4 words apart: for example,  medic* N4 educat* yields articles where the words medic/medical/medicine  and educating/education/eductor/educational/educate... appear within four words of each other.


Clarify Your Concepts by Using a Table:

If you are researching online education in the field of medical education, here is one possible set of search terms:

Concept: Online Education

Concept: Medical Education

web-based instruction

medical education

instructional design

medicine--study and teaching

computer assisted instruction

medical schools--curricula

Limit to Full Text, Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals, or to English Language only articles

Remember!: review your search results and use words from the “subjects,” titles or abstracts to make your search strategy more effective!

Here is a screen shot of how a search could appear in Education Research Complete:

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