Search strategy resources

Search strategies for identifying reviews (external link) Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York.

Access to search strategies for identifying reviews and meta-analyses in MEDLINE and CINAHL.


Search strategy tips for databases (external link) University of Edinburgh Information Services.

Provides a clear guide to the use of keywords, Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT), truncation and thesauri.


How to plan a search strategy (external link) University of Hull Library Services

Gives guidance on defining the topic, choosing keywords, defining the scope of a search and refining a search.


Search skills tutorial (external link) University of Glasgow

A basic introduction to developing a search strategy covering keywords, broader and narrower terms, synonyms and related terms, and also includes a useful overview of the process.


Reviewed 21 March 2012

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