What is a Standard Literature Search?
Librarians carry out a focused literature search of the topic in one or more bibliographic databases such as Medline or CINAHL. Results are culled for relevance and emailed in a compressed Endnote Library. These searches are not exhaustive and do not include the search strategy. They are not suitable for systematic reviews.
What are Search Alerts?
Automated search alerts are set up in one or more bibliographic databases, such as Medline or Embase. A saved search is run automatically on a regular basis with new results provided by email. In comparison, standard literature searches cover previous years rather than ongoing updates. Both a literature search and ongoing alerts may be requested on the same topic.
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