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National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR)

Needs based strategies
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Successful searchers approach the work from the perspective of the researcher. Researchers should begin by assessing their own needs. Reference librarians should adopt the points of view of their reference clients. They begin by facilitating clients’ own assessments of their needs.

Multifaceted Approaches
Statistics and Research
Researchers are looking for statistical material to help them answer questions regarding the application of their findings.
  • Do their individual or clinical observations reflect a broader pattern that affects many people or are they specific to a limited environment?
  • Statistics help to generalize findings, but they are only one part of a broader research plan.

This implies that casting a broad net for a search will yield more results, but the dilemma is how this can be done in an effective and efficient way.
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