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Systematic and Systematic-like Reviews

Review Your Search Strategy

In reviewing your searching, you might need to ask if you have:

  • searched the most appropriate databases for your topic?
  • checked for spelling mistakes or typos?
  • used a comprehensive list of search terms appropriate to your search framework (eg. PICO)?
  • used thesaurus terms/subject headings specific to each database?
  • used combing operators (AND, OR) appropriately?
  • added any new terms discovered while searching to all your database searches?

The PRESS Checklist for reviewing search strategies has been developed by the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH). See the PRESS Peer Review of Electronic Search Strategies: 2015 Guideline Statement

For further assistance, contact your Library Faculty Team.

Updating your review and keeping up to date.

If you have saved your searches as suggested in Document your search strategy, you will be able to re-run them when you need to update your review.

In some databases you can set up a search alert for your search strategy so you can be emailed when any new articles are added to the database. You should also be able to set up Table of Content alerts from the major journals in your field.

For instructions on how to set up alerts in the major databases and database platforms, see the Library's Keep up to date with new resources webpage.

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