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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 193-197

Building blocks: The art and science of searching the literature

Professor, College of Nursing, CMC, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sheela Durai
College of Nursing, CMC, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJCN.IJCN_140_20

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The universal phenomenon of 'search' plays a significant role in the process of review of literature. When review is carried out as part of research, the search for literature itself is to be done methodologically and systematically, turning the process of search into a science. Formulation of the search strategy is the most significant step which will direct the course as well as the content in the review of literature and needs to be given a lot attention. This article introduces scientific literature to the nurse researcher and elaborates on the building blocks of the stages of search, such as identification of search approach, databases, terms/phrases, areas/fields, search operators and search limits. When a nurse researcher gets familiar with the search styles and tactics of scientific literature, he/she realises that literature search is an art and science of building search blocks effectively with much strategising.

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