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Finding qualitative research for evidence syntheses: how to search for and identify the literature
Morwenna Rogers, Alison Bethel
University of Exeter, United Kingdom
The session will start with an introduction and group discussion about what qualitative research is and why it is important. In groups, participants will examine quailtative studies and discuss whether they would be included for a selected review. In small groups they will identify keywords in titles and abstracts and subject headings that could be used to search for this type of study. We will also look at and discuss the pros and cons of a selection of qualitative search filters. Finally we will use practical exercises to see how effective different search terms are for retrieving a sample of qualitative studies.
Learning outcomes : By the end of the workshop, participants will understand what we mean by qualitative literature. They will develop and share knowledge about how we search for it and will be able to apply this in their own work. They will learn about different qualitative search filters and get an indication of how well they work.
Type of interactivity : The session will start with a fishbowl conversation to share experience and knowledge. This will be followed by a summary of the discussion, which will be recorded and later shared with the group.. The remainder of the session will involve small group exercises, which will feed back to the larger groups and practical hands-on activities.
Level : Introductory
Target audience : Librarians and information professionals that have some experience of systematic review searching or who understand the basic principles.
Preparation for the session : No
Biography and Bibliography Morwenna Rogers and Alison Bethel are information specialists with PenCLAHRC at the University of Exeter with extensive experience of systematic review searching. Both Alison and Morwenna have had involvement with mixed method reviews covering many subect areas including nutrition in care homes, robopets, pet therapy, dementia care in hospitals and interventions for ADHD in schools. In addition they have carried out independent methods research on database coverage of qualitative research, and search filters, both in testing and designing them. Morwenna and Alison have several years experience in running workshops for librarians and information specialists on systematic review methods, and how to search effectively.