There are eight distinct steps that will assist you in moving through a literature search.
NOT to refine or broaden your search.
Are you interested in different types of reviews? See our guidance on performing specific types of literature reviews.
Use the worksheets linked above to build and document your search. You are able to download, fill the form, and save the document.
For more on formulating your research question, and for using frameworks other than PICO, see our Formulating Your Research Question.
For more on how to identify search terms, see our page on Choosing Search Terms.
For more on combining search terms and concepts, see our page on Combining Search Concepts.
For more on expert searching, see our Expert Searching Guide.