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Advanced Search Health


This guide will help you develop and document a comprehensive search method which will find all relevant literature on your topic. With these skills you'll save yourself a lot of effort and be confident of your results.


A comprehensive review of the literature should be:


Publish your search method for others to see.



Provide enough detail for others to test your method. 


Use all relevant resources to avoid missing important literature.

Attempt to minimise bias

Do not pick and choose literature which suits your premise. Assess all literature fairly.

You can find out more about different review types using the Systematic and Systematic-like Review Toolkit.

Your Advanced Search Journey

To help you understand your journey we have developed this Systematic Workflow Chart which demonstrates the path you will take to complete your systematic search.

Throughout the guide there is a series of useful documents, videos and activities which provide more detailed support.