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Further resources

There are lots of resources available to help you develop your searching skills. Here are a selection of books, websites and articles that you may find helpful.



De Brun, C., and Pearce-Smith, N. (2009) Searching skills toolkit: finding the evidence. Chichester, Wiley-Blackwell, 978-1-4051-7888-4 McKibbon A,

Eady A, Marks S. PDQ evidence-based principles and practice . Hamilton, Canada: BC Decker Inc., 1999.



Bidwell SR. Finding the evidence: resources and skills for locating information on clinical effectiveness. Singapore Med J. 2004 Dec;45(12):567-72, quiz 573.

Haynes RB. Of studies, summaries, synopses, and systems: the "4S" evolution of services for finding current best evidence. Evid Based Nurs. 2005 Jan;8(1):4-6.

Haynes B. Of studies, syntheses, synopses, summaries, and systems: the "5S" evolution of information services for evidence-based healthcare decisions.Evid Based Nurs. 2007 Jan;10(1):6-7.

Howes F. et al. Evidence-based public health: The importance of finding 'difficult to locate' public health and health promotion intervention studies for systematic reviews. J Public Health (Oxf). 2004


Richardson WS et al. The well-built clinical question: a key to evidence based decisions. ACP Journal Club 1995 Nov/Dec, A12-13.

Schardt C et al. Utilization of the PICO framework to improve searching PubMed for clinical questions. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2007 Jun 15;7:16.


Web resources

Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, Oxford. EBM Tools; Finding the evidence

Centre for Health Evidence 2007. Users' Guides to Evidence-Based Practice.

National Library of Medicine (USA). PubMed tutorials

The Cochrane Library on Wiley InterScience: Quick Reference Guide. Feb 2009. 

NHS Evidence

NHS Evidence National Library for Public Health (PHCN). 

Public Health Commissioning Network.