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OT6130: Evidence Based Practice Research Guide

Sharing Files/Online Workspace

Web Tools to Organize Research

Web Resources for Scheduling Meetings

Developing a Plan for Group Work

(1) Everyone should introduce themselves and exchange relevant contact information (cell phone numbers, e-mail, etc.). 

(2) Pick a group leader, facilitator, or scheduler to be the primary contact person and who will make sure everyone stays on task.

(3) Discuss how often, when, and where to have future meetings, or how/if to conduct virtual meetings (see Virtual Meeting Spaces box on left).

(4) Pick a medium that will be used to share files among the group members (see Sharing Files box on the left). 

(5) Set goals and decide on some deadlines for each stage of the project, leaving plenty of time near the end to review the final product. 

(6) Determine what technology or software may be needed, who has access, and if everyone has access to compatible programs. 

(7) Divide the work among the group members, allowing enough time for compilation and group approval of final version of project before the assignment is due.

Organizing Your Research

There are several ways of keeping your research organized, especially for large projects. Below are some suggestions: 

  • Organize electronic copies of sources (e.g., articles) into folders on your computer, optionally using a Word doc, Excel spreadsheet, or Access database to create an index of which article is stored where (can also create hyperlinks to open the document directly from the index). 
  • Organize print copies of source material into binders according to specific subjects or parts of the project. Use dividers or tabs to subdivine the binder into smaller organizational groupings, or organize alphabetically using sticky tabs with author's last names or letters written on them. You can also create an index for the binder and place it at the front (note: some divider tab sheets come with a template for an index, color coded for each tab color). 
  • Organize your research using one of suggestions in the "Web Tools to Organize Research" box on the left. 

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