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What is a literature search?
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.
Steps 1 Background searching Step 2 Developing your question PICO and PEO Step 3 Developing search terms Step 4 Database searching Step 5 Search techniques
Step 6 Refining and evaluating search results Step 7 Making your final selection Steps 8 Presenting your search results Step 9 Finding full-text