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Scoping Reviews


Where to search

In order to cover your bases, you'll want to have (and document) a thorough search strategy that includes:

  • Electronic databases

  • Reference lists (of existing systematic reviews & studies chosen for inclusion)

  • hand-searching key journals

  • contacting authors, organizations, conferences

Recommended Databases

Best practice for systematic searching recommends searching at least 3 databases with one of those databases being interdisciplinary. For reviews in the social sciences, I'd recommend that, regardless of your topic, you include both of the below databases.

Building Your Search Strategy

Using Medical Subject Headings in PubMed


Recommended Tools

Recommended reading

Before starting on your review, it is helpful to read existing reviews and articles about reviews to help with the project management aspect of your review. Below are some I recommend.

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