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Health and Social Care

E-learning modules

These modules are designed to help you develop your skills in searching for published literature. 

Each module should take no more than 20 minutes to complete. Click on the image to start a module. 

Introduction to searching

PICO

Search concept tools can help you:

  • Structure your aim into a research question
  • Form your question and identify the key concepts
  • Break down your topic, and develop your search

Different search concepts fit better with different areas of study.

PRISMA

PRISMA is an evidence-based minimum set of items for reporting in systematic reviews and meta-analyses. PRISMA focuses on the reporting of reviews evaluating randomized trials, but can also be used as a basis for reporting systematic reviews of other types of research, particularly evaluations of interventions.

In PRISMA 2020, there are now expanded options depending on where you search and whether you are updating a review. Version 1 of PRISMA 2020 includes databases and clinical trial or preprint registers.  Version 2 includes additional sections for elaborating on your grey literature search, such as searches on websites or in citation lists.  Both versions are available for new and updated reviews from the Equator Network's PRISMA Flow Diagram page.

For a step-by-step guide to completing the PRISMA Flow Diagram see this helpful guide