How to Conduct a Thorough Literature Search


Sometimes prevention practitioners cannot find a program, policy, or practice that is an acceptable fit for their community on a federal registry or searchable database. The next best place to look is in the peer-reviewed literature to identify other options. This handout provides a brief overview of how to approach searching through peer-reviewed or scientific papers. It outlines steps for conducting an unbiased literature search and includes tips and tricks for a thorough search.

SAMHSA’S Pacific Southwest (Region 9) Prevention Technology Transfer Center
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Evidenced-based Strategies and Programs