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Systematic Searching: Practical ideas for improving results
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Systematic Searching: Practical ideas for improving results (Paperback)

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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

these changes

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


Paul Levay is an Information Specialist at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). His research interests are in developing search methods to support Health Technology Assessments and public health guidelines. He has previously held posts at the National Police Library and the Greater London Authority. Paul is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). Jenny Craven is an Information Specialist at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Previously, Jenny worked at the Centre for Research in Library and Information Management (CERLIM) at Manchester Metropolitan University; she worked on practical information related projects, with a particular focus on improving access to information for people with visual impairments. During this time she was on the standing committee of the IFLA libraries serving persons with disabilities group, and ran a series of workshops in developing countries for the FORCE Foundation charity on providing accessible library services. Her role at NICE involves supporting the information needs for a variety of programmes across NICE. She also works on internal projects to improve service delivery, the evaluation of information skills training, and to explore methods for the effective retrieval of information. She is the editor of two previous Facet Publishing books, Web Accessibility: Practical advice for the library and information professional (2008) and Access, Delivery, Derformance: The future of libraries without walls (2009).

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