searching, selecting and managing the best available evidence for research, according to a defined, planned and consistent method.
(Dore L, Delaunois, I)
Increasingly an evidence based approach to searching which already has a strong presence in healthcare is extending to include all discipline areas such as engineering, science, education etc. A search of the literature must be systematic ‘to be transparent, accountable and replicable’
(Gough 2012 p 116).