Literature Searches

The library can conduct literature searches for library members, if you cannot access the databases you need or have insufficient time to do your own search. This service is primarily available for clinical need and work-related research. It is not available to students, although help in searching databases will be offered.

The literature searching service is free to OHFT staff. Charges apply for other library users. For details of these, contact us.

Clare Edwards, Dominic Gilroy & Jacque Mallender (2022) Evidence Searches Undertaken by Knowledge and Library Specialists Save the Time of Health Care Professionals and Produce an Economic Benefit to the NHS in England, Journal of Hospital Librarianship, 22:4, 284-298, DOI: 10.1080/15323269.2022.2124772

If you would like the library to conduct a literature search for you, go to the bottom of this page and complete the form as indicated.

Self-help guides and Information skills training opportunities

We’ve compiled a list of useful tools below which can help you improve your literature searching skills including the NEW STEPS e learning modules developed by librarians for NHS staff and students.

Literature Searching Protocols/Search strategy
STEPS e learning for health care literature searching modules

               Full length animation OR/AND

Short animation OR

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London Kent Surrey and Sussex regional searching guidance
Self-Study Guides

You can also contact one of our Outreach Librarians to discuss your training needs and request support:

Training by OHFT Librarians
  • Training Courses: available on demand and by arrangement to assist with planning and carrying out literature searches.

To request a search complete the online form or download it from link below, and send to the library:

Priority will be given to searches supporting an urgent clinical need.

Please note that we require a minimum of 10 working days for a full search service. Deadlines may need to be negotiated during periods of high demand. In some circumstances (such as patient care or funding bid deadlines) we may be able to offer a quicker turnaround. Phone/contact us directly to discuss needs. Please email for confirmation of receipt of urgent requests.

Literature search request form


Page last reviewed: 1 May, 2024