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Searching the Scientific Literature and Organizing Information

ROSS C. BROWNSON, ELIZABETH A. BAKER, TERRY L. LEET and KATHLEEN N. GILLESPIE

in Evidence-Based Public Health

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195143768
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865581 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195143768.003.0006
Searching the Scientific Literature and Organizing Information

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The underpinnings of an evidence-based process rest largely on one's ability to find credible, high-quality evidence as efficiently and exhaustively as possible. A systematic searching process also helps ensure that others can replicate the same results. This chapter provides guidance on how to search the scientific literature. It focuses on the importance of a literature search, where to search, how to find evidence, and how to organize the results of a search.

Keywords: public health; scientific literature; evidence; searching process

Chapter.  5265 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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