Literature Search Guides

The Literature Searching programme

These modules are designed to help the healthcare workforce (clinical and non-clinical) build confidence to search published literature for articles and evidence relevant to their work, study and research. The modules are short (each taking no more than 20 minutes to complete) and may be ‘dipped into’ for reference, or completed to obtain a certificate. There are seven modules suitable for novice searchers and those wishing to refresh their knowledge:

Literature Searching resources

from Health Education England:

Building the foundations

Module 1 Introduction to searching

Module 2 Where do I start searching?

Module 3 How do I start to develop a search strategy?

Developing the skills

Modules 4 Too many results? How to narrow your search

Module 5 Too few results? How to broaden your search

Module 6 Searching with subject headings

Applying the skills

Module 7 How to search the Healthcare Databases (HDAS)

help with HDAS

Help with HDAS YouTube videos by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)


Last updated: December 2, 2019