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Systematic Searching
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In resource poor, cost saving times, this book advises information professionals on how to search more efficiently.The book brings together expert international practitioners and researchers to highlight the latest thinking on systematic searching. Beginning by looking at the role of the information specialist as an expert searcher, the book then examines the current challenges and the potential solutions to more effective searching in detail. Systematic Searching blends theory and practice and takes into account several different approaches to information retrieval and information-seeking behaviour with special focus being given to searching for complex topics in a health-related environment. The book does not presume an in-depth prior knowledge or experience of systematic searching and includes case studies, practical examples and ideas for further research and reading to ensure the book is accessible to all.The book is divided into three parts:Part 1: Methods covers theoretical models of information seeking and also systematic searching practice, including search filters and controlled vocabulariesPart 2: Technology covers new technologies for retrieving evidence such as social media and the semantic web, as well as using text mining to support the development of search strategiesPart 3: People considers the future of the information specialist as an expert searcher and explores how information professionals could develop their skills and find new roles.The book will be essential reading for library and information service providers and information specialists, particularly those in a health-related environment. It will also be of interest to students of library and information science, practitioners conducting complex searches in settings including social care, education and criminal justice, systematic reviewers and researchers.

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