Interested in research but not sure how to begin or want to learn more and develop your skills further? We’ve compiled the following collection of resources developed by Island Health and other research institutions. 

Start Here: Research 101

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Basic Research Concepts Online training modules to promote an understanding of basic research concepts. Department of Health and Human Service | US
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Discovering Your Inner Detective: How to Write Effective Inquiry Questions

Workshop slides covering key steps in the process of translating a clinical observation into an answerable inquiry question. 

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Starting the Research Process A user-friendly introduction with clear steps to choosing a research topic, narrowing it to a research problem and developing a proposal. Scribbr Knowledge Base | US
Practical Tips for Surgical Research: Research Questions, Hypotheses and Objectives By the end of this article, the reader will be able to appreciate the significance of constructing a good research question and developing hypotheses and research objectives for the successful design of a research study. Farrguia P, Patrisor BA, Farrokhyar F, Bhandari M (2010) Research questions, hypotheses and objectives. Can J Surg 53(4): 278-81.
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Kickstart Your Research Process This playlist will provide you clear steps of the research process, covering broad concepts from explaining different types of research, to pinpointing how to write topic sentences.   Scribbr Knowledge Base | US
Research Planning: Reviewing the Literature
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Behind-the-scenes of the literature review Tips for early-career researchers to consider when planning to review a new body of literature.     PLOS Early Career Researcher Community | US
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Conducting a Literature Review in Health Research: Basics of the Approach, Typology and Methodology This article is a summary of different types of reviews and their implication in practice. This paper is thus intended for beginners who want to know about literature reviews.     Ahmed S, Vaska M, Turin C (2016) Conducting a literature review in health research: Basics of the approach, typology and methodology. JNHFB 5: 44-51.
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How to Write a Literature Review: 3 Minute Step-by-Step Guide Don't know how to write a literature review or where to begin? This video will give you a quick run-through of the 5 steps you need to follow when writing a literature review.     Scribbr Knowledge Base | US
Research Planning: Research Methods
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Choosing evaluation methods and processes Curated knowledge base describing more than 300 evaluation methods, processes and approaches. BetterEvaluation | Aus
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An introduction to research methods A simple overview of research approaches, designs and data collection and analysis. Scribbr Knowledge Base | US
CARE Case Report Guidelines A checklist of information to include when writing a case report. CARE | International
Considerations for a Chart Review Guidelines to review before embarking on a chart review project. Island Health 
Considerations for a Survey Guidelines to review before embarking on a survey project. Island Health 
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Fundamentals of Qualitative Research Methods 6 video modules covering essential topics in qualitative research, including what it is qualitative research and how to use the most common methods, in-depth interviews and focus groups. Yale University | US
Methods Matters Monthly webinar series from BC SUPPORT Unit’s Methods Clusters to showcase emerging research in patient-oriented research methods. BC SUPPORT Unit
Create a Strong Research Design By the end of this playlist, you’ll have a clear, concrete plan for collecting and analyzing your data.     Scribbr Knowledge Base | US
Research Planning: Data Management
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Research Data Management in the Canadian Context: A Guide for Practitioners and Learners This guide defines research data and the requirements of good data management in Canada, in alignment with the Tri-Agency policy on Research Data Management. eCampusOntario
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Data Bootcamp  Where is the data at Island Health, how do you access it, and what can you do with it once you’ve got it? Island Health Research
Grant Writing
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Getting Grant-Writing Right Learn grant-writing strategies for success, including common grant-writing errors and how to avoid them. Island Health Research
Building an Accurate Study Budget Understanding eligible expenses, building budget templates, and more. Island Health Research
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI)
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National Indigenous Cultural Safety Webinars 

Videos focused on exploring anti-Indigenous racism, discrimination and cultural safety, identifying how each informs our systems, why they persist, and how we can address them.

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Unconscious Bias Training Module Learn various forms of unconscious bias, and useful strategies to detect and mitigate unconscious bias in research and peer-review activities. Canadian Institute for Health Research
Introduction to GBA+ Learn how to apply Gender-Based Analysis Plus, analytical tool used to assess the potential impacts of policies, programs, and services on diverse groups of women, men and people with other gender identities. Women and Gender Equality Canada
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Guide on Using Categorical Race and Ethnicity Variables This guide supports anti-racism research in British Columbia. It will help those who use administrative and survey data to incorporate race and ethnicity variables into their projects appropriately and consistently. BC Stats through the Ministry of Citizens’ Services
Guidance on the Use of Standards for Race-Based and Indigenous Identity Data Collection and Health Reporting in Canada  Learn the pan-Canadian minimum standards for collecting race-based and Indigenous identity data in health care to support harmonized, high-quality data collection and help identify and address health inequities related to racism. Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)

Evidence for Equity


Evidence for Equity (E4E) is a collection of user-friendly summaries of systematic reviews, with a focus on whether the may reduce health inequities.  Cochrane Methods
Research Dissemination
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KT Pathways A digital learning and assessment tool to help you understand what competencies are involved in knowledge translation (KT), assess competency, and provide resources to improve KT knowledge and skills. Michael Smith Health Research BC
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Knowledge Translation Planning Template This template was designed to address the essential components of the KT planning process.     Barwick, M.A. (2008, 2013, 2019). Knowledge Translation Planning Template. Ontario: The Hospital for Sick Children.
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KT Connects: Knowledge Translation Webinar Series KT Connects is a series of monthly beginner-level knowledge translation (KT) webinars where KT scientists, stakeholders and practitioners discuss the basics of KT, how KT relates to patients and the public, and KT in health policy-making and clinical practice.    Michael Smith Health Research BC and  Arthritis Research Canada