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Research : Guiding Research

Academic Research Information Initiative is designed to improve academic research and education and guide WRNMMC clinicians and residents in finding information resources in conducting research in clinical sciences and specialties, research knowledge, and competencies development. 
Note. Library guide is in designing mode and additional information will be added.

Question Development

A well-formed question in clinical care or research inquiry starts by identifying a problem or question. Descriptive, evidence-based, and research questions are primary questions guiding clinical or research practices to identify relevant articles. Another type of literature search questions are questions formulated to study a specific research topic.

The question formulation structure (e.g., PICO, research), scope of question (e.g., broad, narrow), and question searchability contributes to identification of relevant literature. Questions formulated by clinicians or researchers using PICO approach for clinical questions and use of the research principles (e.g., quantitative, qualitative, mixed research) for research questions ensure the quality of the literature search. It is imperative for clinicians or researchers to formulate a searchable question to enhance the identification of relevant articles.

Information Advisory


Information advice and guide are offered to WRNMMC researchers in conducting research during research steps: initiating, planning, conducting, communicating, and monitoring research impact. Information advice is offered through the consultation, academic mentorship, and education.

Guiding Research Questions

Guiding Research
is an information guiding for WRNMMC researcher and scientists in conducting research. 

There are five steps of the research process (initiating, planning, conducting, communicating, and monitoring scholars' research advancement) where information guiding is provided. Each research step requires information in order to provide information guidance or mentorship. For research steps that do not apply to your research, please use Not Applicable (N/A). 

For information advice, please submit the Guiding Research Questions request and identify the research step of the research process.

  • Research questions are processed in order they have been received 
  • Research questions are processed typically within 2 weeks, 1 month 
  • Other requests depend on the scope of the research, research study, or research project  might be processed typically with one month or three month

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