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Online resources: literature searching
Online resources on how to search:
Library tutorials: literature searching
The library offers individual search tutorials for SVHM staff (login required):
- 1 hour tutorials online via Zoom or face to face in the Library dependent on current restrictions
- Learn to search Ovid Medline with a topic of your choice
- Can include information on record keeping for systematic reviews
- Please note that tutorials are designed to teach you generic literature searching skills. With the exception of co-authorship, library staff do not design final search strategies for a systematic review which takes considerably longer to refine.
- Email us to book a tutorial or find out more. Please include your availability, phone number and topic.
Top tips: literature searching
- Learn to search Ovid Medline well (we can teach you)
- If you know how to search Ovid Medline, then the same process works for all other Ovid databases - Embase, Emcare, PsycInfo, Ovid Nursing
- Use a combination of subject heading and textword searching for all databases except Informit Health (which does not have subject headings)
- General process:
- break your topic into simple concepts eg dementia and aggression
- search subject headings for the first concept eg Dementia/
- search text synonyms for the first concept in title and abstract eg (dementia or alzheimer*).ti,ab.
- group the first concept using OR - this combines results but gets rid of duplicates
- search subject headings for the second concept eg Aggression/ or Violence/
- search text synonyms for the second concept in title and abstract eg (aggress* or violen*).ti,ab.
- group the second concept using OR
- combine both concepts using AND to find the overlap
- limit results carefully eg English language, year range
The basic search process - demonstrated in Ovid Medline