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Literature Search

What is a literature search?

A literature search can be defined as a systematic and thorough search of published literature in order to collect information on a particular topic. Literature searches can be used for a variety of reasons such as, continuing professional development e.g. updating oneself in a particular area or for in-service training, to collect information on the effectiveness of health care for evidence based practice, to gather information for a presentation or lecture, to retrieve information on outcome measures or audits and so on.

This service is available to any member of staff. You can use the form below or contact your Clinical Librarian (CL) if this service is available in your Department (see our Clinical Librarian pages to find out more). If you would like to use the form below, please complete the form with as much information as possible, in order for us to retrieve the relevant results. A member of staff may contact you for clarification if necessary.

Literature Search Service

Review 2019 - 2021

Although we are unable to carry out literature searches for assessed pieces of coursework, we can offer advice and training in literature searching techniques to students.

Do get in touch if you are interested in training.


Students may also find these guides on literature searching and searching for systematic reviews from the University of Nottingham library service helpful.

Please bear in mind that there may be resources listed on these pages that are only accessible to students and staff of the University of Nottingham.

Lit Search Form

Disclaimer: Please note that the information supplied by the Library and Knowledge Service in response to a literature search is for information purposes only.  Every reasonable effort will be made to ensure that this information is accurate, up-to-date and complete. However, it is possible that it may not be representative of the whole body of evidence. No responsibility can be accepted by the Library for any action taken on the basis of this information.


Guidance or information relating to specific drug queries or procedures should be referred to Medicines Information on

or RDH ext. 85379. 


For local UHDB guidelines and policies please refer to the red ‘Guidance’ button on Net-i, or

Literature Search Request

To request a search, please fill in the following information:

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