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
Google Scholar- This is a custom link which enables linkages to library full text content.
PubMed Clinical Queries - Results are limited to specific clinical research areas
Barwon Health Library Catalogue - Use the 'Resource Type' filter on the left-hand side of the results page to narrow results to just articles or books
PubMed - citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Look for the Library Logo to the top right on the results page after clicking on the article title. Chrome browser extension makes accessing full text PDFs even easier through Pubmed
EMBASE- Covers the most important international biomedical literature from 1947 to the present day. Look for the Library Logo on the right for full text and article request options.
Medline - information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Look for the Library Logo on the right for full text and article request options.
Cochrane Library - is a collection of high-quality, independent evidence
CINAHL Complete - provides full text coverage to over 1,300 titles including nursing specialties, speech and language pathology, nutrition, general health and medicine and more.
PsycINFO - a database providing abstracts of peer-reviewed behavioral sciences and mental health journals, articles, books, and more
TripPRO - a clinical search engine designed to quickly and easily find and use high-quality research evidence to support practice and/or care.
For more suggested databases refer to the full list on this page.
Use the drop down menus at the top of the page to find the best database for your search
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
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
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.