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Nursing: Getting Started


Welcome to the Nursing Research Guide. use the tabs above to navigate through the varity of resources and tools tht can help you make the most of your research experience!

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Use OneSearch to find articles, books, ebooks and media in the CSULB Library collection as well as other CSU libraries. OneSearch is big, but it does not contain all of our article collection. Try using the databases as well.

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Develop your Research Question

The PICO(T) Question

A clinical question that is composed using the PICO or PICOT format will help you to focus your search and help you to develop your research skills which are essential in finding the best available evidence.

The most common PICO(T) elements are:

P - Population

  • How you would describe a group of people with a similar problem or complaint.

I - Intervention

  • How you plan to treat, medicate, diagnose and/or observe the patient's care.

C - Comparison (if applicable)

  • The main intervention alternative you are considering (i.e. placebo, alternative therapy, different drug, surgery).

O - Outcome

  • The result from proposed treatment that is measurable, including improvement of symptoms,no symptoms, or complications.

(T) - Time (if applicable)

  • The time frame of treatment and/or measurable outcome.