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Search Tips

Search Smarter using these Simple Tips

This guide will show you how to plan, build, and refine your search strategy. Once you have created a search strategy that works, you can use it in several different databases.

This guide will walk you through the three key steps of searching:

  • Plan: figure out your search terms and decide where to search
  • Build: ways to optimise and combine your terms to get the best results
  • Refine: modify your search strategy to increase or decrease the number of results

We will demonstrate the key principles of searching using the following example:

Do sound levels in neonatal intensive care units impact on weight gain of premature babies?