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What is a literature search?
A systematic and thorough search of published literature in order to collect information about a particular topic.
Steps for Acquiring Evidence
- Define your research question (using PICO)
- Select most likely resources
- Design a search strategy
- Search for the answer
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
When you find articles of interest in a database or search engine, bibliographic management programs such as Zotero 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.
- EndNote offers many of the same features as RefWorks, yet must be purchased. It is available from the University Computer Store, TechZone.
- Mendeley is a free application and does not require Internet access. It can query PubMed for more accurate citation information and matching PDFs, yet with mixed success.
- Zotero is open-source and free, yet requires an additional plug-in to manage PDFs. Internet access not required.
Subjects: Allied Health
, Citation Management
, Clinical Care/Decision
, Evidence Based Practice
, Library Resources
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, Physical Therapy
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