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Systematic Reviews

This guide provides tips and strategies for conducting a systematic literature review.

Choosing Databases

Note: When doing a systematic review, you should search specific databases. You should not include Discovery, which is part of the main search box on the library's homepage.

The following are examples of databases that you may find useful:

The above list is not an exhaustive of library databases that may useful, and if you will be including gray literature in your study, there may be many other sources to include. 

Be sure to meet with a librarian to discuss databases that might be most useful and how best to search them!

Understanding What Is Being Searched

Unlike searching Google or Google Scholar, when searching most library databases, you are searching not the full-text of a publication, but the following meta-data about the publication:

  • Title
  • Abstract
  • Author-provided keywords
  • Subject headings (special indexing terms) assigned to the publication by the database provider

In EBSCO databases, by default you are also searching the author names, journal names, and affiliation.

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