This guide focusses on the basic principles for performing a literature search using one of the main health databases such as Medline, Embase or Cinahl. At SGUL each of these databases can be searched using a specialist search tool. For example, for Medline and Embase, these databases are searched using the Ovid search tool, and for Cinahl it is the EBSCOhost search tool. NHS staff have a bespoke search tool Healthcare databases advanced search (HDAS requires an OpenAthens account).
This type of search can be broken down into the following stages listed below. Each stage is covered separately in more detail in the relevant page above.