What is a "Search Strategy Lab Notebook?"
One of the best tips I've learned as a librarian is to think of research as a science project.
Remember in elementary school when you would do basic science experiments and the teacher would ask you to write down your thoughts on your science project as you were doing it?
Either way, the lab notebook was one tool you used to be transparent in your research by recording each step you took. It also helped your teacher to see exactly what you did and how that work helped you find your conclusion.
A Search Strategy Lab Notebook is the very same concept, just for a library article search!
Keeping track of the keywords, search strategies, and databases you used can help you and your instructor know exactly what was useful and what was not. It also helps you to have a record of the search you used so that you can do the exact same search again in the future. This can also be called "being transparent" in your research. You are giving other researchers the ability to use the same steps that you took to find the important research you found.
The basic things that are included in the "Search Strategy Lab Notebook" are:
Research “Lab” Notebook:
Chart to help you brainstorm keywords & medical subject headings using PICO:
Chart to help you keep track of the databases you used for searching & the exact search used for your research question:
Key Articles APA 7 References: