Literature search for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

Published on
April 13, 2016

Did you know that Wageningen UR Library performs literature searches to support researchers at Wageningen UR? This does not only include giving advice about suitable databases and how to set up a query, but also actually performing extensive literature searches. Currently, we are working on a large literature search for EFSA.

EFSA requested a risk assessment for birds and mammals. Wageningen UR Library is performing the literature search in cooperation with Alterra, Ctgb and some European partners in several bibliographic databases, including CAB Abstracts and Zoological Record. Extensive search queries with a large number of keywords and combinations of search questions are being constructed and tested. Searching can be complex, because search questions for each bibliographic database must be formulated separately. After the actual literature research has been done, Alterra will review the selected references.

The outcome will be a unified database with all available references on so-called ‘focal bird and mammal species’ in crop groups and in geographical regions in Europe. EFSA will use the database for risk assessment for birds and mammals. Data will be collected from peer-review documents. In addition, a complementary literature search will be conducted on open peer review literature (the opposite of anonymous peer review), and grey literature.

Please contact us if you are interested in advice on literature searches.