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Literature Searching for Health (Advanced)

For Masters & PhD students, researchers & academics from the School of Health Sciences.

This guide provides support for performing an advanced literature search for dissertations, theses and systematic reviews. The guide is divided into six sections:

Section 1- Developing a Search Strategy

Covers the various processes involved in planning your search including establishing your inclusion and exclusion criteria; finding relevant search terms; performing a scoping search and writing a Protocol/Research Proposal.

Section 2- Performing a Literature Search

Guidance on how to search key health databases and other relevant resources.

Section 3- Selecting Studies & Collecting Data

Guidance on how to analyse and appraise your search results; collect data and address possible bias.

Section 4- Reporting Your Review Process

Guidance on reporting your search methodology.

Section 5- Managing your results using RefWorks

Guidance on how to use RefWorks to manage your references.

Section 6- Citing & Referencing

Resources and guidance on citing and referencing.


As each section can be used independently, as and when you require help with that process, the guide can be used whether you are at the beginning or approaching the end of your literature search.


To access resources to perform your literature search use the Subject Guide most relevant to your research topic.