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Systematic Reviews

Search Tip

Searching the EBSCO (AMED, MEDLINE, Sports Discus, PsycInfo, etc) and CINAHL databases is a little different than many other databases.

Follow these tips:

  • Search for one term at a time
  • Map terms to subject headings
  • Read the scope notes
  • Look at the Subject Headings Tree
  • When in doubt, Explode but do not Focus
  • Use Keywords when necessary
  • Combine terms with Boolean Operators
  • Limit/filter results as required.

Additional discipline recommendations

Core Health Databases

When searching for a systematic review it is important that you search across a range of databases, as no one database covers all the health related literature. The decision regarding which databases to search depends largely on the topic of the review.