Searching Skills Toolkit: Finding the Evidence
September 2011, BMJ Books
A user-friendly, Hands-On guide to literature searching, which is an essential skill for all involved in health care research and development, researchers, and students from all disciplines.
2 Where to start? Summary tables and charts.
3 Sources of clinical information: an overview.
4 Using search engines on the World Wide Web.
5 Formulating clinical questions.
6 Building a search strategy.
7 Free text versus thesaurus.
8 Refining search results.
9 Searching specific healthcare databases.
10 Citation pearl searching.
11 Saving/recording citations for future use.
12 Critical appraisal.
13 Further reading by topic or PubMed ID.
14 Glossary of terms.
Appendix 1: Ten tips for effective searching.
Appendix 2: Teaching tips
Nicola Pearce-Smith, Information Scientist, National Library for Health, Department of Knowledge and Information Science, Oxford, UK
o Real life clinical scenarios
o Utilising flow charts to highlight the sections that really
o Clear graphical layout, including screenshot images
o Use of tables, figures and diagrams
o Use of icons (e.g. to represent a learning point, or a task) and full colour.
“A userfriendly, HandsOn guide to literature searching,
which is an essential skill for all involved in health care
research and development, researchers, and students from all
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