Literature searching is a process to locate reliable, appropriate and current evidence on a specific topic. Qualified information professionals conduct literature searches for NHSGGC staff on public health topics.
A literature search consists of a search of several biomedical databases (such as Medline, Embase and the Cochrane Library) and may also include subject gateways, the Internet and/or the holding of other libraries. The PHRU IM team offer five search types:
Search results are emailed and contain: the databases searched, the terms used, the limits applied, and a list of references (with abstracts if available). Sourcing full text documents is a separate process and IM staff can assist in this process.
The IM team also offer training on how to literature search and use the Knowledge Network. Contact the IM team if you would like to discuss training.