Your literature search methods should be transparent and reproducible. Reproducibility of your search strategy promotes best practice. 

Tools like Notepad, Google Docs, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel can help you keep a detailed record of each database search strategy. See example below:



Reporting your search methods helps users to evaluate the validity of your project.

Atkinson, K. M., Koenka, A. C., Sanchez, C. E., Moshontz, H., & Cooper, H. (2015). Reporting standards for literature searches and report inclusion criteria: making research syntheses more transparent and easy to replicate. Research synthesis methods6(1), 87-95.


Note: There are reporting standards and guidelines for study types (i.e. randomized control trial, case study, observational study, systematic reviews)