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This paper has been updated as Doing a Good Search : Basic Rules and Search Tips (

Update of the The Basic Rules of Doing a Good Search and Search Tips -

Date of Submission

May 2021


This is a handout that is used as a reference for those who are learning to more effectively search databases for assignments and evidence-based practice projects. The revised handout contains information related to the databases that may be searched as well as about Google Scholar.

Please contact the author for a version that can be reused and rebranded.


This checklist is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) License (

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