Systematic literature searching for medicine and health

If you are going to map the literature on a topic, write a grant application or a systematic review, you will need a systematic literature search.

Learning outcomes

After attending this course you will have knowledge about:

  • Converting a research question into a search strategy
  • Finding search terms
  • Constructing a systematic search strategy
  • Search methods and adapting search strategies to different databases
  • Documenting search strategies so that they can be reproduced
  • Handling search results


Please register by 9 October at 15:00


Recommended prerequisite skills and knowledge

Course methods

  • Presentations, demonstrations, and practical exercises.
  • The databases demonstrated will be MEDLINE, Embase, or APA PsycInfo from Ovid (may depend on the participants’ submtted research questions), and Cochrane Library.
  • To get the most out of the course we recommend that you submit your research question beforhand (see below).
  • There are computers available, but you are also welcome to bring your own.

Your own topic

At the course each participant will work on their own topic. Convert your topic into an answerable and searchable question, preferably by using PICO or another framework. Please submit your question using this online form  by 10 October at 8 AM so that we can look at it before the course.

Target audience

This course is aimed at topics and methods used in medicine and health. It is particularly relevant for students and employees at Oslo University Hospital, the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Dentistry, in addition to the Department of Pharmacy and the Department of Psychology. Researchers and students working on health related topics at other faculties and departments, e.g. educational sciences and informatics, may also benefit from the course.  

Number of places

Maximum 12. A minimum of 5 registered participants is required to run the course.

Organisers and course instructors

Hilde Strømme and Marte Ødegaard, Academic Librarians at the Library of Medicine and Science.

Published Aug. 15, 2022 12:07 PM - Last modified Sep. 8, 2022 12:22 PM