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Literature searching

Literature search protocols

When to use AND/OR

The eLearning for Healthcare website has several modules to help you develop your literature searching skills. The modules are aimed at those new to literature searching or would like a refresher.

You can access the modules via the homepage or go directly to each Module using the links below.

There is no need to login to access the content, just click on Play then Continue. Alternatively you can choose to login with your NHS OpenAthens account.

Building the Foundations includes three modules to enable users to assess their current level of skill in literature searching, find out more about the resources available to them and get started planning a search.

  • Module 1 Introduction to searching (pre-assessment module)
  • Module 2 Where do I start searching?
  • Module 3 How do I start to develop a search strategy?

Developing the skills includes three modules covering a range of searching techniques which will help you find relevant articles quickly and easily. You will learn how to narrow and broaden your search to ensure that you find the right amount of information.

  • Module 4 Too many results? How to narrow your search
  • Module 5 Too few results? How to broaden your search
  • Module 6 Searching with subject headings

Applying the skills

  • Module 7 How to search the Healthcare Databases (HDAS)