Systematic reviews aim to identify, select, synthesize and appraise all high quality research evidence relevant to a specific research question in order to answer it. Performing a high quality search of information resources ensures the accuracy and completeness of the evidence used in your review. Therefore, it is essential to get the searching element right, otherwise your results will potentially be biased or missing crucial evidence.
This master class will assist you in understanding how to effectively and systematically search for the literature to include in your systematic review. The main focus will be on searching for content and not the critical appraisal or writing of the review. It will demonstrate important tools and techniques to help you create a search strategy suitable for use in a systematic review. The session will focus heavily on databases hosted on EBSCOhost.
By the end of the master class you will be able to:
- Analyse the research question to identify appropriate search terms
- Conduct an advanced search for journal articles in one or more databases
- Understand how to search across appropriate indexes, e.g. Subject headings and keywords and combine searches using Boolean operators
- Apply different search techniques, e.g. phrase searching, truncation, and proximity
- Limit and filter searches accordingly to narrow and broaden results
- Use your Subject LibGuide to identify the most relevant published and unpublished sources for your review
Who is this master class for?
Aimed at postgraduate students, researchers and staff members, particularly across Nursing, Medicine, Clinical Psychology and Sports Sciences
This master class is run by a Library Skills Adviser