Public Health Education

Resources for Writing

Need assistance with writing and formatting your papers? Reach out to the UND Writing Center to schedule a virtual appointment. 

Literature reviews synthesize and analyze what has been written on a particular topic and identify gaps or disagreements in the scholarly work on that topic. Within a scholarly work, the literature review situates the current work within the larger scholarly conversation and emphasizes how that particular scholarly work contributes to the conversation on the topic. The literature review portion may be as brief as a few paragraphs focusing on a narrow topic area. 

For in-depth information on literature reviews and tips for getting started, check out our Literature Review Research Guide!

Resources for Research

Quantitative Research

UND subscribes to Qualtrics, which is very helpful for collecting and analyzing survey data.

UND also subscribes to SPSS (stastistical analysis software available through Citrix Workspace), and MATLAB (used for programming and data analysis).

You can also access free or discounted software from the UND Software Store, including NVivo, a qualitative coding software package.

If your research requires human participation (such as a survey or focus group), your research will need to be approved by UND's Institutional Review Board. You will also need to complete their IRB training prior to seeking approval for your research study.

Qualitative Research

Many academic databases do not have an easy way to limit to qualitative research. However, you can add qualitative research terms to your search topic to find them. For example:

(student learning) AND (survey* OR questionnaire* OR interview* OR coding OR framing OR “focus group” OR "focus groups")

Depending on your topic, you may also be interested in searching a subject specific database, such as PsychInfo. PsychInfo does provide an option to limit by Methodology - Qualitative Study