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HLTH 120: Foundations of Health Promotion: Research in Health Promotion

This guide will help you identify resources to complete your "Research in Health Promotion" assignment.

What is Original Research?

Original research is considered a primary source.  

An article is considered original research if...

  • it is the report of a study written by the researchers who actually did the study.
  • the researchers describe their hypothesis or research question and the purpose of the study.
  • the researchers detail their research methods.
  • the results of the research are reported.
  • the researchers interpret their results and discuss possible implications.

Common Characteristics of Original Research

  • Written by multiple authors (usually three or more)
  • Long, technical article titles
  • Lengthy--a minimum of six pages, often twenty or more
  • Divided into sections
    • Problem, Question, Objectives
    • Methods or Approach
    • Results
    • Discussion
    • References
  • Article abstracts will include words such as:
    • Methods, Study, Results
    • Randomized, Double blind, Placebo-controlled
  • Chart, graphs, and/or tables
  • Lengthy references list
  • Published in professional or scholarly journals

Best Article Databases for Health Promotion

Suggested Search Strategies

EBSCOhost databases, such as SPORTDiscus and Academic Search Premier, include many original research articles.  Type your topic into the first one or two search boxes and then use another box to type:  "methods OR results" as shown here in the third box.  Use the drop down menu to choose the ABSTRACT search field for the third box.

Abstract Search

Also, be sure to utilize the peer reviewed limit. On the main search page, you'll find this in the "Search Options" box (beneath the search boxes).

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