A clear methodology for finding and selecting studies is what makes a systematic review systematic. Your approach needs to be valid and as replicable as possible. So, just where and how you search matters a great deal. When you're new to systematic reviews or are taking on a subject that's new to you, don't hesitate to ask for help from your librarian!
The Database Search Tips guide on the left will remind you of the basics on how to design a good search. Though, with systematic reviews, the ORs matter a lot than that page might imply. Think of ALL the ways authors might describe each concept you're looking for!
Also, be careful not to search for concepts that would be better as inclusion/exclusion criteria or coding categories. Common examples include age/grade level, methodology and fuzzy terms like intervention. Often it is better to search for ALL literature on a topic, and then exclude results that are not interventions, rather than trying to create a search that includes all the terms that could describe types of interventions.
Again, don't hesitate to ask for help!
Create an Account: Because your main search is likely going to be in EBSCO databases, make sure to set up a My EBSCOhost account by following the "Sign In" link at the top of the database screen.
Save Your Searches: Under the "Share" button, choose to "Add search to folder" by clicking your your keywords. Now, you'll find a record of just where and how you searched in your Folder under the "Persistent Links to Searches" section.
Set up Alerts: Under the "Share" button, choose "Email Alert" and complete the form. Now the system will email you when new results are added that match this search.
Tips for Reviewing Large Sets of Results:
Sorting and Saving Results:
Exporting your YES folder into Zotero:
Exporting a Zotero folder into Excel:
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