This guide offers in-depth support for Nursing and Health Sciences students doing advanced literature searches for research and dissertation modules.
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The literature search focuses on a single topic or research question which aims to cover all the available research relating to the question. It is conducted using one or more databases (usually 3) and requires the use of appropriate search terms with synonyms, related terms etc. It also includes an audit trail (usually presented in a table) showing how you refined your results and arrived at your final articles.
Below are a few useful documents to help you with your literature search.
Here is a list of a few books from the Library that can give you more information on literature searching.
To help get you started with your search, we have created the Health Thesaurus below.
It contains a range of health-related words and phrases, along with suggestions for alternatives. You can use it to give you ideas for your search strings.
Click on the link below to download the Health Thesaurus.