Literature Searching

The Library offer a literature search service, which is available to all members of staff at YDH.

To request a literature search to be conducted on your behalf please complete and return to us a Literature Search Request Form.

To access the Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) you will need an OpenAthens Account.


We offer a variety of one-to-one training sessions to help equip you with the skills needed to perform an efficient literature search.
For more information on the training sessions available to you, please see our Library Training page.


How to Search the Literature  Effectively is e-learning available to aid you with literature searching. The e-learning takes you through the basics of searching and how to apply these skills to the Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS).
How to Search the Literature Effectively – E-Learning
An OpenAthens Account will be required to access the e-learning.

For further help and information, please contact the Library team.

Useful Links:

Searching for Grey Literature

King’s College London – Searching for Systematic Reviews


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