Literature Search Service


We offer a specialised literature search service. Just let us know what information you require and we can do the searching for you. We carry out searches using databases such as Medline, Cinahl, The Cochrane Library and NHS Evidence to find the best available evidence to support you in your work or study.


Who is this service available too?

The literature service search is available to all staff working at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and DCHS employees.

How does it work?

You can submit your literature search request here or you can email your request to


Alternatively you can ring us on 01246 513035 or pop into the library during staffed hours.

What is a literature search?

A literature search is a systematic and thorough search of all types of published literature, relevant to a specific topic in order to identify the best available evidence and research..


The purpose of a literature search can be to:


  • Find the most current and up-to-date research to support evidence-based practice

  • To support continuous professional development (CPD).

  • Identify research and sources that can be used in academic writing.

Example of searches

Recent searches have included:


'The evidence for guidelines on when to perform a discectomy on a patient with nerve root compression or what criteria a surgeon will consider before considering nerve root decompression.'


Scales for emotional resilience and social work training.


Effectvieness of triamcinolone for the management of osteoarthrtis of the knee.


Enteral feeding in patients with pancreatic insufficiency.