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PHYT 7014: Systematic Reasoning and Scientific Investigation I: Home

A guide to literature searching.

What is a literature search?

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

The process

Steps for Acquiring Evidence

  • Identify a clinical problem
  • Define your research question 
  • Select most likely resources
  • Design a search strategy (using PICO)
  • 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