Literature Searching

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We can help with research and study – the library is here to support all staff and students.

Library staff can provide a professional literature search service or training on how to carry out your own literature search.

Save time! Talk to library staff about how we can help, we are pleased to support you in your research, course work or general enquiry.


Request a literature search

Do you need information to support clinical practice or your research project? Looking for evidence to update a policy or guidelines? Do you require articles for your teaching session? We can help by carrying out a literature search on your behalf.

If you would like us to undertake a literature search for you, please fill out our online request form here.

You can also email us at or phone 01271 322363 (x2363).


Request literature search training

Literature search trainingIf you are undertaking a course of study we can support you by providing training in how to carry out a literature search.  This can be a 1:1 or small group session at a time convenient to you during library opening hours (Mon-Fri 8.30am – 5.00pm).

We aim to give you the knowledge you need to carry out your own research, which is an essential part of the skills needed for your course of study. We are here to help you, whatever level you are studying at. Using a topic of your choice we will show you how to carry our research most effectively and find relevant, reliable and recent information.

To book a training session, phone us on 01271 322363 (x2363), email us at or call into the library on Level 1 at North Devon District Hospital.


Literature searching resources

You can access training modules and YouTube videos to help you search the databases here.

For a detailed, step-by-step guide to searching Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS), you can access our interactive PDF here.

Last updated: September 18, 2020