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Search health databases

Learn how to use the major health databases to find the best available evidence for your research
Plan your search strategy:

The enormous amount of published research in the health & medical sciences can feel overwhelming, so before you start typing keywords into a database, plan your search strategy first to:

  • Maximise your chances of finding relevant information
  • Save you time
  • Ensure that your search is organised and reproducible

Formulating a search strategy involves a number of steps:

  • Identify the key concepts of your topic
  • Work out alternative terminology for these concepts (synonyms)
  • Record this terminology in a logic grid
  • Adapt your basic logic grid so that it will work according to the specific rules of your chosen databases.