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Health Sciences Research


The inquiry/information research process presented here is applicable in education and practice, whether conducting a literature review for an assignment or practicing evidence-informed health care.

From University of Calgary, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Canada License.

Getting Started

Background reading can help you get a sense of the literature surrounding a particular topic. This can start with preliminary searches in the library's discovery tool Omni, Google Scholar, or relevant library databases, to identify book content or articles (review articles can be particularly useful).

Tip for searching the Omni and Google Scholar: only scan through the top results since they are sorted and displayed by relevance. If you are not getting the type of information you expect, try again with different search terms. Try using the limits available to narrow your search results.