1. Introduction

  1. Caroline De Brún1 and
  2. Nicola Pearce-Smith2

Published Online: 15 NOV 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118463093.ch1

Searching Skills Toolkit: Finding the Evidence, Second Edition

Searching Skills Toolkit: Finding the Evidence, Second Edition

How to Cite

De Brún, C. and Pearce-Smith, N. (eds) (2014) Introduction, in Searching Skills Toolkit: Finding the Evidence, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118463093.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Clinical Support Librarian, UCL Library Services and Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

  2. 2

    Information Scientist, Department of Knowledge and Information Science, Summertown Pavilion, Middle Way, Oxford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 NOV 2013
  2. Published Print: 3 JAN 2014

Book Series:

Book Series Editors:

  1. Carl Heneghan,
  2. Rafael Perera and
  3. Douglas Badenoch

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118463130

Online ISBN: 9781118463093



  • evidence-based practice (EBP);
  • healthcare database;
  • reference management software


Evidence-based practice (EBP) provides resources to help health professionals find the best quality information to answer their clinical questions. This new edition of Searching Skills Toolkit: Finding the Evidence contains updated instructions and examples for searching a range of healthcare databases, highlighting new features which have evolved as a consequence of technological advances. The aim is to provide the reader with tools to find the best available evidence faster and more efficiently. The toolkit has been divided up into chapters covering the basic skills and information one needs to know to be an effective searcher. The chapter on reference management software includes open source software, such as Mendeley and Zotero, and Appendix 2 on teaching resources contains a new training exercise, for trainers to use in their search skills sessions. The chapter Quality improvement and value: sources, is aimed at commissioners, policymakers and health managers.