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Systematic review: Documentation

Documentation - transparency

One of the important parts of conducting a systematic search is to present to the viewer/reader how you performed the search. It can be presented in many ways but should include:

  • Name of the database
  • the database suppliers name (EBSCO, Proquest etc.)
  • Date when the search was performed
  • Which terms you used in your search
  • Limits, if you have used any
  • How you combined your search terms

You can find examples of how you can present your serach in CRD's handbook: Systematic Reviews Appendix 3, side 249-252