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Published on March 7, 2014

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an introduction to literature searching for nurses and midwives

Literature searching Google is not synonymous with research Information resources Databases Creating and implementing a search strategy Keeping a track of your research 1

Keeping a track of your research  Create an account on CINAHL  Create a table in a Word document  Using social booking sites like delicious to bookmark websites 2

Creating a question  Defining a well focused question is the first step e.g. Recommended methods for induction of labour  Things to consider  Type of patient  Condition or situation you are researching  Type of intervention or procedure you are investigating 3

Define you search terms methods Labour/labor induction 4

Combine your search terms and methods or not 5 Labour or labor induction

truncation  Using the base of any word to find all words that begin with base  Truncation symbol is *  For example  Manag* will return managing or management or managers  labo* returns labour or labor 6

Information resources  NHS Choices  Clinical Knowledge Summaries  NICE Pathways  Evidence Search  Cochrane library  Google – improving your searching 7

Making better use of google  Site function site:followed by site to search a specific website or domain  Useful domains      Filetype function filetype:followed by file extension  Pdf  doc/docx  ppt/pptx 8

Databases  Index articles printed in peer reviewed journals  Accessed via Resources A-Z link on library home page  Ones to use  CINAHL  Pro Quest  Maternity and Infant Care 9

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