This is a quick tutorial using each of the major databases to find research articles on interventions for dyslexia. When you're ready to search yourself, use the databases links below. If you want a more in depth explanation of subject headings, go to the box below.
The following databases and search engines are all excellent tools with which to look for research articles. A video tutorial for using these tools to find CSD research is above.
More web resources recommended by Dr. Christodoulou for finding evidence.
All databases have a list of controlled vocabulary words that seek to apply a single term to a single concept. When you use subject headings, you do not have to brainstorm all of the possible synonyms for your search term, because the database does that for you. When you enter a serach term, CINAHL and Ovid are set up to automatically suggest subject headings. For instance if you search speech sound disorders, CINAHL will show you a list of subject headings, of which articulation disorders, organic is the first result. Try searching with subject headings and see how your results differ from searching with just keywords.
Still unsure about subject headings? Watch this video for another explanation.
Modifying an Unsuccessful Search
If you aren't happy with the list of articles your search brings back, here are some ways you might think about changing your search.
1. Too many articles / Articles aren't on topic
2. Too few articles
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