In resource poor, cost saving times, this book provides
practical advice on new methods and technologies involved in systematic
searching and explores the role of information professionals in delivering
The editors bring together expert international
practitioners and researchers to highlight the latest thinking on systematic
searching. Beginning by looking at the methods and techniques underlying
systematic searching, the book then examines the current challenges and the potential
solutions to more effective searching in detail, before considering the role of
the information specialist as an expert searcher.
Systematic Searching blends theory and practice and
takes into account different approaches to information retrieval with a special
focus being given to searching for complex topics in a health-related
environment. The book does not presume an in-depth prior knowledge or
experience of systematic searching and includes case studies, practical
examples and ideas for further research and reading.
The book is divided into three parts:
Methods covers theoretical approaches to evidence
synthesis and the implications that these have for the search process,
including searching for complex topics and choosing the right sources.
Technology examines new technologies for retrieving
evidence and how these are leading to new directions in information
retrieval and evidence synthesis.
People considers the future of the information
specialist as an expert searcher and explores how information professionals can
develop their skills in searching, communication and collaboration to ensure
that information retrieval practice is, and remains, evidence-based.
Systematic Searching will be essential reading for
library and information service providers and information specialists, particularly
those in a health-related environment. It will also be of interest to students
of library and information science, systematic reviewers, researchers and practitioners
conducting complex searches in settings including social care, education and criminal