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Planning a Database Search

Planning a search is a combination of problem-solving skills and basic technical skills. This guide takes you through the basic steps that will help you plan an efficient and effective search.

Introduction

Planning a search is a combination of problem-solving skills and basic technical skills. You need the problem solving skills to break down your search question into manageable pieces and the technical skills to implement your search in the most effective way using the facilities provided by the database(s) you choose to use. All the techniques in this guide will work well in a number of databases including NICE Evidence Search - Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS).