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Systematic Searching for Health Science Research

Tips for Advanced Searching

About this Guide

This guide is geared for health science researchers who are preparing to do a comprehensive literature search for a systematic review, scoping review, narrative review, or literature review, or a meta-analysis. It covers advanced search strategies and provides examples of how to set up a comprehensive search in commonly used databases such as PubMed, Embase, CINAHL, and APA PsycInfo. This guide is meant to serve as a compliment to other research guides, including the following:

How Can I Help?

I am available to help with any of all of the following as you prepare to do a systematic search:

  • Suggested relevant databases for your research topic.
  • Find controlled vocabulary and keywords to use for your search.
  • Suggest strategies for structuring and building your search in our online databases.
  • Zeroing in on strong sources of evidence for your search.
  • Managing your search results.
  • Setting up research alerts in databases.

Health Sciences Librarian

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Kate Silfen
Mugar Memorial Library