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Health Sciences Search Filters

What are search filters?

Search filters are standardized strategies that help identify literature within specific databases. Using a comprehensive collection of search terms, designed by topic, study design or other features, search filters may be useful in developing your search and allow you to search more effectively.

How to use search filters?

Using a search filter requires a few simple steps.

  1. Choose a filter that is the best fit for your search topic.
  2. Apply the filter by copying and pasting it into the search box of the correct database and platform. This is an important step, as search filters are specifically designed to work using the language needed in each database.
  3. Assess how well the filter worked in your search by reviewing the results.
  4. Ensure you credit the author of the filter in any research or review.

Need more help?

Watch this short video for more information on how to incorporate search filters into your own search!

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