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step 2 searching the evidence

Welcome to the Library Searches Tool!

The Library Searches tool and accompanying glossary will guide you through several steps for conducting a literature search. It will help you find the best evidence available on your topic in an effective and efficient manner.

Contents of the tool cover three areas:

  1. Determining the Question Type
  2. Developing a Searchable Question, and
  3. Documenting the Search Strategy. Contents of the glossary include descriptions, definitions and examples of searchable questions (e.g., PICO) and forms and levels of evidence. The tool also provides tips for developing search terms, and guidance on how to revise and save your search.

Before you start your search, check to see what literature reviews have been completed.

It is encouraged to consult with a Peel Health Librarian at the beginning of your searching process as they can provide expertise in such areas as developing a searchable question and choosing appropriate search terms. Also, take note of the checkpoints with your manager/supervisor and librarian throughout the search process.

The instructions and worksheet and Keeping track of search results: A flowchart (Word file) are available electronically.

Contact the library, if you have not found the information you require.

Date Created: December 14th, 2010
Date Modified: December 14th, 2010

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