The key to a good literature search is planning. To undertake a really effective search you need to understand exactly what it is you want to get out of it, even before you sit down at a computer. There are two things you need to know before you can begin your search:
The answers to these two questions make up your Search Strategy.
A Literature Search Worksheet that can be used to develop a search strategy can be found in the resources box.
Access to an extensive list of resources including full text journals and on-line databases is free to all SA Health staff through the library. You will need to register for a library username and password to access these resources, but once you have these you may access resources from work or home.
If you would like assistance with constructing a search, would like your search reviewed by a librarian, or would like a literature search conducted on your behalf, please use our literature search service. Alternatively, if you would like training on using databases or effective search techniques please book in for a training session.