Mediated literature searching service
The library performs more comprehensive literature searches subject to time availability. The searches are performed in collaboration between librarians and researchers and require a continuous dialogue. Please contact us and we will discuss the possibilities for further cooperation.
If you are a researcher at Halmstad University, you can receive help with:
- advanced information search (selecting keywords, searching relevant databases, using different search strategies).
- conducting a systematic overview (as above, and in addition methodological support based on evidence-based practice).
An example of what the search process might look like:
- First meeting: The researcher brings along research questions, any PICO or equivalent model, one or more relevant articles, and a preliminary timetable. Together we discuss inclusion and exclusion criteria, appropriate databases, and search terms.
- After the first meeting: The librarian designs a preliminary search strategy and performs a test search. The researcher reviews the search results and assesses the relevance.
- Second meeting: We meet again to optimize the search strategy.
Once we have developed a good search strategy, the librarian, or researcher, conducts searches in relevant databases. If the librarian performs the final search, the search results are added to a reference management program and are delivered along with documentation.