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Health Information Sources & Searching

A guide to finding, identifying, and critically appraising health information.

Too few results?

  • Add more words with the Boolean OR
  • Try truncation
  • Check the spelling
  • Check the database coverage
  • Check database filters
  • Try other databases

Too many results?

  • Try more specific words
  • Add more concepts with the Boolean AND
  • Try phase searching if relevant - “low birth weight”
  • Apply database limits/filters - publication date, language, document type, etc.