Methods used to search for and identify, based on specified criteria, records/data/documents, etc which have been stored on a database or on the Internet.
Definition from: Knowledge Management Specialist Library
Reference: Do online information retrieval systems help experienced clinicians answer clinical questions? JL Westbrook, EW Coiera, AS Gosling. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 2005, 12(3) pp315-321
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