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Searching the Scientific Literature and Organizing Information

Ross C. Brownson, Elizabeth A. Baker, Terry L. Leet, Kathleen N. Gillespie and William R. True

in Evidence-Based Public Health

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195397895
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199827183 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195397895.003.0007
Searching the Scientific Literature and Organizing Information

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As one develops an issue statement and begin to understand the epidemiologic nature of a particular public health issue along with the intervention options, the scientific literature is a crucial source of information. Because of the considerable growth in the amount of information available to public health practitioners, it is essential to follow a systematic approach to literature searching. 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: issue statement; public health practice; literature searching; professional literature; scientific literature

Chapter.  6128 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Medical Statistics and Methodology

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