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Research Cycle: Introduction to Research

A step by step guide to the research process

Note : This Libguide is undergoing review, so some areas will change. (September, 2023)

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The Research Pathway

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Scope of Guide

This guide takes staff through the process of the research cycle. 
This guide is aimed at early to mid-career researchers to understand specific areas of research.
Each tab in this guide, provides the reader with a step by step process in the research phase.
  • Ethics - How to apply for ethics with Cabrini Research
  • Planning - How to plan your search using the PICO method
  • Designing a search strategy - understand the different types of study
  • Database Coverage  - learn about the subject coverage in the major database 
  • Study Design - which type of study design best suits my research question
  • Critical Appraisal - how to critically evaluate a journal study using checklists
  • Grey Literature - what other types of information formats support your information question
  • Google Scholar - how to link Cabrini's holdings to search for information on Google Scholar
  • Open Access - just because its free doesn't mean its gold standard research
  • Endnote links to affiliated universities Endnote guides
  • Research Profiles - ways to promote your publication output
  • What's new in Cabrini Author's -  published work by your colleagues to inspire you! 


Monash Partners

Cabrini Research is an active member of Monash Partners.  

All Cabrini Research staff with Monash affiliated access can utilise the research assistance through Monash University

Please go to the Monash University Library Research & Learning Online website which provides other resources and services.

For staff undertaking systematic reviews who have access to Monash University please go to their Systematic Review website.

Background Reading