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New Research: Search Pyramids from NCCMT

Online tools to support and structure your search for research evidence!

Searching online for research evidence is an acquired skill. The 6S Pyramid (hierarchy of synthesized evidence) saves you time and ensures you will find the most synthesized evidence available to answer your public health questions.  

NCCMT developed these pre-populated Search Pyramids based on the 6S Pyramid with the help of an experienced librarian with expertise in evidence-informed practice. Our topic-specific Search Pyramids focus on issues defined by public health professionals as high priorities in Canada.

Who are these tools for?

Search Pyramids are designed for public health professionals who need to find research evidence to support their program and policy decisions.

How can you use these tools?

A general public health Search Pyramid is available on the NCCMT website. Interactive, topic-specific Search Pyramids are available through the Learning Centre. Within each topic, you will find links to relevant sources of evidence at each level in the 6S pyramid. Clicking on the links will take users directly to the online sources of evidence.  Topics include:

  • environmental health
  • injury prevention
  • mental health
  • health communication and social media
  • healthy habits (healthy eating, healthy weight and physical activity) (for children and for adults)

Log in to access and customize topic-specific Search Pyramids. Add resources of your own. Make notes on the resources you find.

Check out NCCMT’s Search Pyramids now:

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