Advanced Search Techniques For Systematic Reviews, Health Technology Assessment and Guideline Development Training Day, University of York

Extensive literature searches are the foundation of high quality systematic reviews, health technology assessment (HTA), guideline development and other major projects. Conducting searches to retrieve research evidence from databases and other resources requires a range of knowledge and skills. There are constant challenges to keeping up-to-date with new database features and approaches to achieving efficient searches. Search approaches may need to be adapted depending on the end-product which the search is informing and the resources available. Search approaches increasingly need to be explained to sponsors and other end-users in terms of the extent to which they are fit-for-purpose.

This workshop will provide opportunities to learn new techniques, to discuss best approaches, to share insights and to assess variations in current best practice. The workshop will be facilitated by information specialists experienced in literature searching to inform systematic reviews and HTAs and in conducting research into the evidence base for information retrieval. Participants are encouraged to suggest topics / issues in advance for discussion during the workshop.

This advanced search techniques course complements our Advanced Search Strategy Design for Complex Topics: Strategy Development, Text Analytics and Text Mining course

Course Details

Date: This course ran October 2016 and will run again in 2017. To be notified of course date release please email
Courses also run on-demand for large groups.
Price: TBD

The training day presenters will be Julie Glanville, Associate Director, York Health Economics Consortium, University of York and Carol Lefebvre, Independent Information Consultant and Director, Lefebvre Associates Ltd.

All courses are held at the University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD.
For more details about when this course will run in 2017, please email or telephone +44 (0)1904 324084
Please see the frequently asked questions page for more general course information.

Workshop overview

Download provisional course agenda

The workshop will provide participants with opportunities:

    • To learn about advanced search techniques in resources such as MEDLINE/PubMed, Embase, LILACS and The Cochrane Library;
    • To share experiences of searching resources to inform systematic reviews, HTAs, guidelines and other major projects;
    • To discuss approaches for key aspects of evidence retrieval including search term identification, peer review of strategies and updating searches;
    • To identify the potential for incorporating information-retrieval-based research projects into routine information retrieval activities and carry out information audits;
    • To network with experienced information specialists.

Please note: this advanced search techniques course complements our advanced course on search strategy design.

YHEC Training Expertise

YHEC offers a range of training courses in health economics topics including economic modelling, evidence retrieval and information skills

Our regular training programme offers courses in York in well-equipped rooms and computer classrooms.  All of our courses have limited delegate places available to ensure that sessions permit discussion and interaction within the group. We can also offer these courses and bespoke courses at your own site.

Other Health Economics Training at York: YHEC courses are generally introductory. Five-day expert workshops, distance learning and MSc courses in health economics are offered by health economists at the Centre for Health Economics and the Department of Economics and Related Studies at the University of York.

Advanced Search Strategy Design

Find out about our complementary advanced training course

Advanced Search Strategy Design