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Ross C. Brownson, Elizabeth A. Baker, Terry L. Left, Kathleen N. Gillespie, and William R. True

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195397895

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195397895.001.0001

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Searching the Scientific Literature and Organizing Information

Searching the Scientific Literature and Organizing Information

(p.158) 7 Searching the Scientific Literature and Organizing Information
Evidence-Based Public Health

Ross C. Brownson

Elizabeth A. Baker

Terry L. Leet

Kathleen N. Gillespie

William R. True

Oxford University Press

As one develops an issue statement and begin to understand the epidemiologic nature of a particular public health issue along with the intervention options, the scientific literature is a crucial source of information. Because of the considerable growth in the amount of information available to public health practitioners, it is essential to follow a systematic approach to literature searching. This chapter provides guidance on how to search the scientific literature. It focuses on the importance of a literature search, where to search, how to find evidence, and how to organize the results of a search.

Keywords:   issue statement, public health practice, literature searching, professional literature, scientific literature

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