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Research Hub

A guide to research support services at Exeter Health Library

Help with literature searching

Would you like to try searching for yourself?
Have you tried searching but would like some advice?

The Library can offer 1:1 or group training in the Library, or at your workplace.

For more help and advice, please visit the Searching Skills page, or the Help - Literature searches page.

One of the key stages in planning your research is finding out what evidence already exists
- has your research question already been answered?

The library can help you with this, either by completing a literature review for you, or teaching you the skills to do the search yourself.

If you want to have a go yourself, see the Databases page for links to key healthcare databases and resources to begin your searching.

Request a literature search

Too busy & need someone to run a literature search for you?

As long as it is for Trust/clinical work and not for an educational course/study,
please click on the 'Request a literature search' button below and give us as much detail as you can.

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