A literature search is a systematic search of all relevant literature on a specific topic. The literature search provides evidence to support many academic and clinical functions. The evidence gathered through a literature search can be used to answer a clinical question, write a research, review article or case report; prepare a presentation, write a grant application, and more. Learn more about the literature search process through the steps below.
High-quality systematic reviews are designed to identify all relevant published and unpublished evidence and provide an unbiased synthesis of the findings. A systematic review search requires authors to follow specific standards and guidelines . Learn more about systematic reviews by attending a class or requesting a consultation with a librarian.
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