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Research is a Process

We have been conditioned to think that research is linear; however, the integrative and/or systematic review research process is much, much messier!   Rather than a straight, linear line--or even a curvy line--the academic research process can be pictured as a circuitous, meandering line that twists and turns on itself.  Thorough research takes preparation and revision.

A comprehensive search is critical to the IR/SR process!

  • Incomplete searches result in an inadequate pool of studies for synthesis and may lead to faulty conclusions.
  • Multiple literature databases should be searched via thorough search strings.