All knowledge synthesis products, such as systematic reviews, scoping reviews, rapid review etc, require that that you follow methodological guidelines and reporting standards in document how the research was completed. This requires extensive documentation, particularly as reviews can take years to complete, and you may not remember all the details that go into completing a review. Setting up your projects with these standards in mind right from the start will make this process much easier.
Examples of Reporting Standards
Set up personal accounts in every database or resource that you use for your systematic review. Doing this will allow you to:
Look for a link that says Personal Account / Create an Account / My Account in each resource and follow the steps involved to create a personal account. As you work on your draft searches make make sure to save your progress.
These accounts are separate from your UMNetID and library password. Make sure you note down what you have used for your username and password for each resource.
TIP: Some databases are owned by the same vendor so you only have to create one account to work in many databases (e.g., creating an Ovid account allows you to save searches in MEDLINE, Embase, IPA, Global Health etc). Make sure you save your searches with the name of the specific database included (e.g., Sample Search Medline March 6 2022)
In addition to required documentation (see Reporting Standards above) it is also important to note other information for your own record keeping. Using a search log (see Resources) to note down:
For more tools and resources visit: Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review (Booth, Sutton, Clowes, Martyn-St James, 2022)
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