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How can we help you?

Lucid is a charged-for literature searching service for funded University of Leeds researchers. Part of the Library Research Support team, we can work with you to ensure you find the literature you need to strengthen grant bids and inform research projects.

Our searching expertise

We have expert knowledge and experience in devising and undertaking comprehensive literature searches for systematic reviews, rapid reviews, qualitative reviews and scoping studies.  We understand the importance of undertaking timely and thorough searching, delivered in a systematic, transparent and reproducible way, and ensure our methods represent best current evidence-based practice in information retrieval. 

While most of our work to date has supported health related research, we welcome the opportunity to work with other disciplines. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

Advantages of using Lucid

Researchers we have worked with have told us that it strengthens their grant application when they include a comprehensive high quality search strategy for the work they propose to do. Where bids are successful, researchers know they can rely on Lucid information professionals to systematically search the literature and provide them with information about the papers they need, freeing up valuable time. 

Support available for your research project

  • We work closely with researchers to develop and run iterative search strategies that are peer reviewed using the CADTH Peer Review checklist.
  • Reference management using EndNote bibliographic software.
  • Search documentation to ensure transparent reporting of search methods. 
  • Reference screening in agreement with project inclusion/exclusion criteria.

Projects we have worked on

Our portfolio of projects includes literature searches on stroke, dementia, cancer, hearing loss, primary care, nursing, medication administration, dentistry, HIV, mental health, resilience, parenting styles, obesity, social work, nursing homes and education.

What will it cost?

Our charges are based on an hourly rate. Your requests will be discussed fully with you before any work is undertaken and quotes and timescales will be agreed. Please talk to us before you submit a grant application so that literature searches can be fully costed in your bid.

Support available for your funding proposals

Pre-award support is provided by Lucid free of charge to researchers who propose to cost Lucid literature searches into their funding bids. Lucid provides scoping searches to help gather the key evidence in your area of research to assist with costing your project, writing your proposal, and defining your research question/s.  Lucid can also assist pre-award research teams with search methodology planning, including advice on selecting the most appropriate databases and other resources for your project. Search strategies documentation will also be provided to enhance your funding proposal.   

Further information and enquiries

To find out more about our literature searching service or annual corporate membership, contact us at: lucid@library.leeds.ac.uk or complete our enquiry form.