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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

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

Ross C. Brownson

Elizabeth A. Baker

Terry L. Leet

Kathleen N. Gillespie

William R. True

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195397895.003.0007

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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