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Searching Systematically for your Research

Searching Systematically for your Research Online


The aim of this workshop is to teach the skills for developing a research question, searching, selecting and managing the best available evidence to answer that research question, according to a defined, planned and consistent method.  Although a sample search will be demonstrated, this course does not focus on how to search a specific database.


RCSI x 2.5 CPD credit (pending)

NMBI x 2.0 CEU credit (pending)


Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop a good research question
  2. Describe your question using a recognized template such as PICO or PEO
  3. Select appropriate resources (Books, book chapters, databases, websites, guidelines, grey literature
  4. Build awareness of functionalities such as keyword searching, subject headings, Boolean logic, proximity operators
  5. Develop a search strategy
  6. Explore exhaustive searching techniques (related items, reference lists, hand searching, Internet searching, search engines).
  7. Saving search strategies and results

Related LibGuide: Searching systematically by Isabelle Delaunois

Tuesday, November 7, 2023
10:00am - 12:30pm
Time Zone:
UK, Ireland, Lisbon Time (change)
This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.
  HSE Staff & Authorised Library Users  
  Information Skills Training  

Registration is required. There are 3 seats available.


Part 1
Develop a focused research question
Describe your question using a recognised template such as PICO, PEO etc.
Understand the different types of clinical questions and their corresponding level of evidence

Part 2 
Understand the different sources of information
Understand and use search language
Develop and save a search strategy that is systematic and reproducible


The session will be followed up with an evaluation survey

Additional information

The training will be delivered online and will include practical exercises in breakout rooms.  For this reason, you should attend this course on a PC/laptop rather than a hand held device.
Pre-course materials and requirements will be emailed to registered participants before the training. 

It is recommended that participants on this course also attend a HLI database training course (eg Searching Medline/CINAHL) and the Managing references using EndNote and Rayyan course

Event Organizer

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Helen Clark


Sligo University Hospital



Margaret Morgan


Regional Hospital Mullingar


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