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Clear and present questions: formulating questions for evidence based practice

Clear and present questions: formulating questions for evidence based practice Purpose – The paper seeks to provide an overview and update of thinking in relation to the theory and practice of formulation of answerable research questions within evidence based information practice. Design/methodology/approach – The paper reviews the healthcare and information literature on question formulation, augmented by structured and purposive internet searches. Findings – Although a few key authors have published extensively on all aspects of the evidence‐based information practice process, including question formulation, there is little in the way of empirical research. Research limitations/implications – In the absence of an empirical research base from within the specific domain of information practice, this conceptual paper extrapolates findings from healthcare research to general librarianship. Practical implications – This article models the process of question formulation using a proposed conceptual framework (SPICE) and encourages practitioners to identify their own practice‐based questions. Originality/value – This is the first article specifically to address question formulation for a general (i.e. non‐health) library audience. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Library Hi Tech Emerald Publishing

Clear and present questions: formulating questions for evidence based practice

Library Hi Tech , Volume 24 (3): 14 – Jul 1, 2006

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2006 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0737-8831
DOI
10.1108/07378830610692127
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Abstract

Purpose – The paper seeks to provide an overview and update of thinking in relation to the theory and practice of formulation of answerable research questions within evidence based information practice. Design/methodology/approach – The paper reviews the healthcare and information literature on question formulation, augmented by structured and purposive internet searches. Findings – Although a few key authors have published extensively on all aspects of the evidence‐based information practice process, including question formulation, there is little in the way of empirical research. Research limitations/implications – In the absence of an empirical research base from within the specific domain of information practice, this conceptual paper extrapolates findings from healthcare research to general librarianship. Practical implications – This article models the process of question formulation using a proposed conceptual framework (SPICE) and encourages practitioners to identify their own practice‐based questions. Originality/value – This is the first article specifically to address question formulation for a general (i.e. non‐health) library audience.

Journal

Library Hi TechEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 1, 2006

Keywords: Evidence‐based practice; Librarianship; Research

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