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Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

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Charlotte Beck
Woodward Library
2198 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, BC | Musqueam Traditional Territory
Canada V6T 1Z3
Phone: 604 822 2884

WORKSHOP: Getting Organized for Research


We will be doing a number of activities that will get you started on your literature reviews and that will set you up for managing your projects.

Please use this worksheet to guide the following steps:

  1. Define the research topic and identify the P, I, O concepts
  2. Identify places to find relevant information

  3. Discover search terms
  4. Create a logical strategy
  5. Refine the results
  6. Select relevant papers and save citations
  7. Save search strategy



Background information answers questions that elicit more information such as What, Why, How.  Check out the different links to secondary sources that answer these questions.


This refers to information and research that is created and published by entities whose main business is not publishing.  For example, government departments, health authorities, universities etc.

Validation studies of tests, measures, or surveys can provide valuable background information.   Another useful tip is to find which research projects have used a similar tool to the one you will be using. See the following tutorials to learn the search methods in the different databases for finding these.

Database Searching Techniques - Handouts and Video tutorials