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Foreword - Carol Lefebvre

1. Introduction: where are we now? - Paul Levay and Jenny Craven

2. Innovative approaches to systematic reviewing - Andrew Booth

3. Searching for broad-based topics - Claire Stansfield

4. Choosing the right databases and search techniques - Alison Bethel and Morwenna Rogers

5. Gathering evidence from grey literature and unpublished data - Shannon Kugley and Richard Epstein

6. Social media as a source of evidence - Su Golder

7. Text mining for information specialists - Julie Glanville

8. Using linked data for evidence synthesis - Andrew Mitchell and Chris Mavergames

9. Evidence surveillance to keep up to date with new research - James Thomas, Anna Noel-Storr and Steve McDonald

10. Training the next generation of information specialists - Michelle Maden and Gil Young

11. Collaborative working to improve searching - Siw Waffenschmidt and Elke Hausner

12. Communication for information specialists - Margaret Sampson

13. The information specialist as an expert searcher - Alison Brettle

14. Conclusion: where do we go from here? - Paul Levay and Jenny Craven



About the Author

Paul Levay is an Information Specialist at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). His research interests are in developing search methods to support Health Technology Assessments and public health guidelines. He has previously held posts at the National Police Library and the Greater London Authority. Paul is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

Jenny Craven
is an Information Specialist at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Previously, Jenny worked at the Centre for Research in Library and Information Management (CERLIM) at Manchester Metropolitan University; she worked on practical information related projects, with a particular focus on improving access to information for people with visual impairments. During this time she was on the standing committee of the IFLA libraries serving persons with disabilities group, and ran a series of workshops in developing countries for the FORCE Foundation charity on providing accessible library services. Her role at NICE involves supporting the information needs for a variety of programmes across NICE. She also works on internal projects to improve service delivery, the evaluation of information skills training, and to explore methods for the effective retrieval of information. She is the editor of two previous Facet Publishing books, Web Accessibility: Practical advice for the library and information professional (2008) and Access, Delivery, Derformance: The future of libraries without walls (2009).


'This book certainly fulfils the editors' purpose and aim. It marks the stage that this field has reached, and each chapter offers tantalising ideas about the future. I can wholeheartedly recommend this readable and excellent book for novices and veterans of systematic searches.'- Eli Harriss, Knowledge Centre Manager and Outreach Librarian, Bodleian Health Care Libraries, CILIP Health and Libraries Group newsletter * CILIP Health Libraries Group newsletter *
'Easy to read and well-documented, this book is an excellent first resource for anyone seeking to understand and use this type of creative works licensing; it should be required reading for librarians and information professionals using and recommending these materials.'
- Jennifer Bartlett, interim associate dean, Teaching, Learning and Research Division, University of Kentucky, Online Searcher

-- Jennifer Bartlett * Online Searcher *
'This book is an excellent supplement to the ever-growing evidence-base on literature searching delivering a portrait of systematic searching today and glimpse at the future which can only help increase the effectiveness of systematic searching throughout its readership.'- Michael Cook, Public Health Evidence and Knowledge Specialist, Bolton Council, Health Libraries Geroup Nursing Bulletin
-- Michael Cook * Health Libraries Group Nursing Bulletin *

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