Information is key to high quality research. Identifying and managing research evidence efficiently within projects is one of YHEC’s strengths.

YHEC offers information services to support research in a range of formats:

  • Scoping searches – we can help with input to preparing proposals, identifying and providing background documents and estimates of the size of the literature to help you develop and cost proposals more accurately.
  • Search strategy development – we can discuss your requirements and develop searches to capture your specifications.
  • Searching – we can carry out searches for you and have access to a wide range of databases in all topics
  • Web searches – searching the web systematically for information and collating the information retrieved.
  • Critical appraisal of completed searches – we can advise on whether third party searches meet a research question and how they can be amended or updated to meet new requirements.
  • Record selection – even the most focused search can produce irrelevant records. We can undertake record sifting according to agreed criteria to provide highly focused results
  • Managing search results – we can help manage your search output by loading results into bibliographic software such as Endnote ® or Reference Manager ®, deduplicating results, ensuring references are complete and developing display and output options.
  • Search filter development, validation and testing – YHEC staff have developed search filters to identify randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews. We can also provide assessments of the quality of search filters and can undertake performance testing
  • Research publication patterns – we also carry out research publication analysis.

To find out more about YHEC’s information services contact Julie Glanville.


Information Services Clients

YHEC recently worked with European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Danone Institute International, NHS Trusts, the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health, Healthcare Improvement Scotland and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to provide systematic reviews, research evidence and evidence tools.


Examples of Recent Publications

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