Systematic Searching

The Medical Library Research Support Services online guide provides general information on conducting your search and gathering your findings. 

How to use this guide

Select the topic/section and review the contents located on the + sign.

1. Types of Reviews

Doing a literature review? Find an appropriate review type based on your research question and objectives.

2. Systematic Review process

Do you need to conduct a systematic review? Understand the purpose and process of conducting a systematic review.

3. Research question and protocol

Learn how to frame your research question.

4. Where to search

Locate databases for your research question.

5. How to search

Review essential principles of searching.

6. Software

Identify software tools for your research projects.

7. Documentation

Keep track of your literature search methods.

8. Study selection

Figure out the study selection process.


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