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.
Once you have completed your search, combining all concepts with OR/AND, you may choose to refine further by applying filters to limit, or narrow, the focus of your results. You can use more than one filter if more than one is available. Common filters include date range, language, publication type, and full text.
Filters are usually found along the left-hand side of your search results. Notable exceptions:
Ovid platform – Medline, Embase, Emcare, PsycInfo
Limit by age group, date, language, clinical queries, publication type, full text etc. by clicking on Additional Limits button below the search bar.
Limit by content type (review, trial, protocol), publication date, Cochrane group (subject area e.g. heart, injury, stroke etc.) by clicking Limits button on final search line.
The library Databases page has user guides for a wide range of other databases.
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