A literature search is a systematic thorough search of all types of literature in your area. Searching should be done on specific research databases to ensure a comprehensive search of evidence based / peer reviewed literature.
Planning your literature search involves:
Book a Consultation with a librarian for further help with your literature searching.
The library has put together a recommended list of databases for you to search for your literature
By being systematic in your literature searching you will obtain results that are more relevant to your information needs.
The library has developed a Literature Searching Strategy Planner to help you to refine your search question and develop your search in a strategic way.
For information on accessing your articles please refer to Accessing Articles from your Literature Searching
Book a Consultation if you need any expert assistance with your literature searching.
For more information on Evidence Based Practice and Evidence Based Literature see our Evidence Based Practice in Health information page
Kloda LA., Bartlett JC (2014) Formulating Answerable Questions: Question Negotiation in Evidence-based Practice. Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association / Journal De L’Association Des Bibliothèques De La Santé Du Canada, 34(2), 55-60.
As you start to search through the literature for evidence you will come across different types of reviews or studies.
Some of these studies may include:
See our Types of Reviews Guide for a more comprehensive list of descriptions of the different review types
Joanna Briggs Institute has developed some Critical Appraisal Tools which contains checklists to critically appraise the different studies and reviews