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Literature Searching: Step 4: Conducting the search

Follow our step-by-step guide to help you carry out a good literature search

What now?

So, you've broken down the question. You've thought of different words and phrases to search. You know which databases to search. And tried some Boolean techniquesRemember to persevere with your searching. Try different combinations. It may take a few attempts and some time to find what you're looking for. A good literature search takes time and patience.

Hints and Tips

Remember that many of the databases that you'll be searching will have help screens and options.

Using Scopus

Using CINAHL (and other Ebsco databases)


Q: "I'm getting thousands of results. How can I narrow my search down?"

A: Try limiting your results e.g.

... to peer reviewed articles/ books available in the library... different years... language...

Useful Handout: Evaluating Websites

Can you tell the difference between a good website and a bad website? How can you evaluate whether the website you are looking it is a credible source to use in academic work or assignments? The links below might help.