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Research Autism Publications Database: Help Page
This page is designed to help you use the Search Form on the Publications Database
The publications search form enables you to search for one or more publications using a variety of search functions, including by author, title, subject etc.
If you wish, you can combine those functions to run a very specific search. For example, you can search for any publications on the subject of interventions written by Research Autism published in 2009.
- Title. This is a free-text box which allows you to enter one or more terms from the title of a publication. For example, you can search for ‘discrete trial training’. (Please note that it will only find publications with titles that use terms in the order you use them. So, putting in ‘discrete training’ will find zero results, as there are no publications with that exact form of words in the title.)
- Subject. This is a pull down list of subject terms, such as Asperger syndrome, Repetitive and Stereotyped Behaviour, Anti-Convulsants. This function allows you to select all publications on this subject. (Please note that you will be able to combine subject terms at some point in the future.)
- Efficacy study/review. This indicates whether or not the publication was a study into the efficacy of one or more interventions designed to help individuals with autism and/or other conditions or a review of such studies.
- Quality. This is a pull down list of terms, such as case series, meta-analysis or marketing material. This function allows you to select the scientific quality of publications. So, for example, a publication marked as ‘marketing material’ is likely to be considerably less scientifically valid and reliable than a publication marked as ‘meta analysis’. For an explanation of what some of these terms mean, please see Types of study
The results of your search are displayed in alphabetic order of authors (or title of publication where there are no authors).
You can click on the title of each publication to find more detail about that publication.
Types of Study
- Controlled versus non-controlled studies. Unless otherwise stated, studies are not controlled i.e. there is no comparison group for the intervention being studied.
- Open versus blind studies. Unless otherwise stated, studies are open rather than blind i.e. those participating in or running the study are aware of the intervention being used
- Prospective versus retrospective studies. Unless otherwise stated, studies are prospective rather than retrospective i.e.the participants in the study have been identified according to current risk status or exposure, and followed forwards through time to observe outcome.
If you would like to tell us what you think about the publications database, including what you like about it, what you don’t like about it, suggestions on how to improve it, or publications we should include, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hearing what you have to say!