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Literature search service

You are a staff member of the University Medical Center Mannheim and need expert advice on and assistance with a search in specialist databases. Volker Braun and Maurizio Grilli of the library team will be happy to provide this support for you free of charge.

After regular consultation with you (see below contact form with appointment arrangement), we will first break down your most precise question into individual search-relevant aspects. For each aspect we then select suitable terms, usually both thesaurus terms and free terms for searching in title and abstract.

Then we usually search the PubMed and Cochrane Library databases. Depending on the search question and type of work, other databases such as Embase, Web of Science Core Collection, PsychINFO, CINAHL and are also used.

The respective exported results are usually imported into the reference management program EndNote, where double hits are removed. We will then send you the EndNote library.

We precisely document the search strings and number of hits per database and make the documentation available to you.

Contact / Appointment

Please fill out the form completely. It will thus become much easier for us to prepare for your inquiry. At least one personal meeting will also help us to understand and precisely define the topic and the terminology used.

We will contact you as soon as possible.

Notes on data protection:

In order to process your request and contact you, your messages will be processed together with the personal data mentioned below. After final processing your data will be deleted.
By sending this form you agree that your data will be used to process your request.

Subject (please explain in several sentences):
What is the reason for the search? (Original article, review, dissertation, guideline, clinical trial application, ...):
Is there already a systematic review?
(PMID or DOI or author, title, year)
Are there other relevant reviews or original articles?
(PMID or DOI or author, title, year)
Please divide the topic into search-relevant aspects (e.g. population, disease, intervention) and name important terms/synonyms in German and English
Age limit of the population?
Types of publications?
Study types?
Language restriction?
Limit publication period?
Suggested dates for a personal meeting at your place or in the library:
Additional remarks:
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