Performing a literature search

1. Introduction                        5. Optional features
2. Search strategies 6. Summary points
3. Search features 7. Useful databases
4. Boolean operators 8. Further help

Introduction

Aim of the course

The overall aim of these pages is to guide you through the process of searching for high quality and relevant information. Advice on how to search different resources effectively will be offered and, in particular, reference will be made on how to search the HMIC database. Some sections of this course will only require reading and understanding whilst others have questions for you to test your understanding.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this section you should be able to:

  • Formulate a simple search strategy
  • Begin to search a database
  • Be able to find relevent results

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