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How to conduct a literature search.

What is a literature search?

A systematic and thorough search of published literature in order to collect information about a particular topic.

Why do we do literature searches?

  • Create research proposals
  • Collect evidence on effectiveness of clinical treatments
  • To make a clinical decision
  • Gather information for presentations

Citation Management

When you find articles of interest in a database or search engine, bibliographic management programs such as RefWorks or EndNote make it easy to create a personal collection of references (citations and/or articles) and cite them in your document in the citation style of your choice.

Getting started with RefWorks

See the RefWorks LibGuide for instruction on how to:

  • Create a RefWorks account
  • Log in to your RefWorks account (on or off campus)
  • Get help with Write N Cite for Windows or Mac

RefWorks Home Page