DescriptionThe distinguishing feature of this pocket-sized searching skills book, like all the Toolkit series titles, is its user-friendliness. The guiding principle is that readers do not want to become librarians, but they are faced with practical difficulties when searching for evidence, such as lack of skills, lack of time and information overload. They need to learn simple search skills, and be directed towards the right resources to find the best evidence to support their decision-making.
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
“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 disciplines.” (Companies and products – Data,
9 February 2013)
o Real life clinical scenarios
o Utilising flow charts to highlight the sections that really matter.
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.