The Literature Searching guide shows you how to complete an effective literature search from beginning to end. Use the tabs at the top of the page to navigate through the guide.
Remember: the Library team provides a range of research support services to Monash Health employees and students. Attend a live webinar, book a research consultation, or request a literature search and get in touch with the Library team if you have any questions.
The Monash Health Library team is here to help -- contact us if you have any questions.
Q: What is Ovid?
Ovid is a powerful search platform that is used to build and run complex, reproducible searches on different journal databases.
Q: What are subject headings?
Subject headings are specific words or phrases that are used to describe the topic(s) of a journal article, conference paper, or other publication. They are essentially tags or labels that are applied to publications in a consistent manner, using a pre-defined list of words or phrases. A comprehensive literature search uses subject headings in addition to keywords.
In health research, Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) are used by journal databases such as Medline and PubMed. However, Embase and Emcare use Emtree subject headings, and PsycINFO uses the APA Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms.
Q: What is the difference between MeSH and Emtree?
How do Emtree and MeSH differ? - taken from https://www.elsevier.com/solutions/embase-biomedical-research/emtree
Q: Does Monash Health have access to CINAHL?
CINAHL may be accessible to Monash University staff and students.
Q: Can l use just one database? How many databases do I need?
It is essential that you search multiple databases if you are:
Note: Monash Health employees can request a literature search by the Library team.
Q: Which databases should l choose?
Consult the summary below and read our guidance on choosing databases.
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