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Searching for evidence can be a time consuming process.
We offer a literature search service which supports information needs to support:
- Patient care
- Service development and audits
- Guideline development
To request a literature search, please complete our online request form, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the details of your search question.
If you'd like some training on how to become an efficient literature searcher, then please contact our Library & Information Skills Trainer or have a looking at our Searching Skills Resource Hub.
Books on literature searching
To find more books on literature searching and systematic reviews, search the Library Catalogue.
For help with searching, have a look at our Searching Skills Resource Hub.
Here are some tips and ideas on how to help you search effectively:
- Construct your search using the PICO framework:
- Population/Patient - who do you want to find information about?
- Intervention - what is the intervention, e.g. drugs?
- Comparison - useful if comparing treatments e.g. ibuprofen vs paracetmol
- Outcome - what would you like to measure/achieve?
- Identify the key search concepts in your search questions.
- Identify any relevant synonym terms for your concepts, e.g. alternative spellings (UK vs US), plurals etc.
- Create a keyword search for each concept using your synonyms and Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT).
- Some databases allow you to search using subject headings (pre-defined topics/thesaurus).
Combining subject headings with your keyword searches makes your search more comprehensive.
For more help with searching, download the Literature Search Process: Guidance for NHS Researchers (PDF).
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