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Literature search strategies

Background
The literature review provides both the foundation and the frame for your own research. The literature review:
- Demonstrates that you know the field. 
- Justifies the reason for your research. 
- Allows you to establish your theoretical framework and methodological focus. 

Its preparation requires careful planning and knowledge of various theories and methods underpinning literature searches.

Aim of course

After the course the participants should:
- be able  to develop and validate protocols for conducting literature searches
- be able to select appropriate search strategies
- be able to evaluate search strategies and search results
- have the skills to handle bibliographic references in reference management software 

Contents 
The course focuses on which sources to search, how to plan the search process, how to design the search strategies. Furthermore, the course will address how to manage the references and how you document and report the search process. The course includes use of the medical bibliographic databases and reference management in EndNote.

Format
The format of the course is a combination of lectures and practical exercises.

ECTS-credits:  0,7

Course director: Head of Videncentret, PhD, Tove Faber

Programme

9.00-9.15

Welcome to the course

9.15-10.30

Introduction to doing literature searching

Unsystematic vs systematic literature searches

Search strategies (block building strategies and pearl growing strategies)

Search techniques (boolean logic, proximity search)

Break

10.30-12.00

The use of thesaurus (major and minor terms, tree structures)

A selection of key bibliographic databases (may change depending on the specific participants):

• PubMed

• Embase

• Cochrane

Lunch

13.00-14.00

Finding qualitative research (challenges and approaches)

Evaluation of search strategies

Evaluation of search results

Break

14.00-16.00 

EndNote

Adding references to your database

Attaching files

Duplicates

Cite while you write

Sharing references

Style manager

 

Literature:

Ridley, D. (2012). The literature review : a step-by-step guide for students. Sage, 2. ed.

Course fee:
The course is free of charge for PhD students enrolled in Universities that have joined the "Open market agreement" 
For all other participants the course fee is DKK 2285,-

PhD programme: PhD Programme in Clinical Research

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