ASSIGNMENT: RESEARCH QUESTION AND LITERATURE SEARCH
The goal of the assignment is to develop a research question and produce a brief bibliography on
that topic using a literature-searching tool.
Important lessons are:
1) focusing your search to specific topic so that you don’t get too many references
2) formatting your citations properly.
1. Include a paragraph describing the topic or question you are seeking information about. The topic
should be related to chiropractic care, either outcomes or methods of care. State your question in
the form of a hypothesis that you will try to find support for. For example: “Chiropractic care can
provide pain relief to patients with migraine headache” or “Functional Leg Length Asymmetry is
a reliable predictor of low back pain.” Use this to propose a PICO question, which you will use to
search the literature.
2. List the search engine(s) used (e.g. Pubmed, MANTIS, CINAHL, ICL). This should be a tool
capable of searching peer-reviewed chiropractic or health journals. Don’t google the World Wide
Web; use a specific literature-searching tool. Access the search tools on the Parker University
Library website site. You must use at least 2 different search engines.
3. List the keywords searched in the indices, show how they were combined to focus your topic.
4. State the number of citations you found using that search strategy.
5. List at least 8 references in peer reviewed journals that pertain to your initial question. Use the
Vancouver referencing format: Author1 FM, Author2 FM. Title of article. Journal Name, Year of
6. In a paragraph, list reasons why you might have excluded an article from your list of citations
7. Evaluate the success of your search. Did you find what looks to be useful information? Provide a
paragraph that describes the basic findings of your search and how they help you answer the
question you asked at the beginning of the search.
The homework assignment is worth 100 points (30%) of your final grade in the course. This
must be your own independent work.