Where should you search for published literature

Welcome to “Where should you search for published literature” for your scoping review?” The search strategy for a scoping review should aim to be comprehensive in order to identify both published and unpublished primary studies as well as reviews. This video discusses the recommended sources of published literature. We will discuss finding unpublished or grey literature in another video. The Joanna Briggs institute recommends starting with an initial search of at least two online databases relevant to the topic, followed by an analysis of the text words contained in the title and abstract of retrieved papers, and of the index terms used to describe the articles. Using all identified keywords and subject terms, a comprehensive search can then be constructed and run across all included databases. You will need to search a range of databases to find published literature for your scoping review. Which databases you search will depend on your research question The UniSA Library subscribes to a range of primary databases, which you can search. Primary databases are comprehensive indexes to research literature. They contain references to a wide range of original research articles such as randomised control trials. As a general rule, it’s best practice that you at least search primary databases Medline and Embase for your scoping review. If your question relates to allied health or nursing, you should also search Emcare. Other primary databases you may want to consider searching are PsycINFO if your question relates to mental health or psychology; ERIC if your questions relate to education; and SportDiscus for sport science or exercise. It’s also recommended you search relevant multidisciplinary databases, as these cover a broad range of subject areas. Two of the largest multidisciplinary databases available through the Library are Scopus and Web of Science. There are also key secondary databases you should search as part of your scoping review. Secondary databases contain articles such as systematic reviews or meta-analysis where authors have appraised research studies using set criteria. These tend to be much smaller than primary databases and many are freely available through the web. A secondary database you could search for your scoping review is the Cochrane Library. It’s also a good idea to search the Joanna Briggs Institute Other secondary databases you may want to consider searching are PEDro if your question is related to physiotherapy; or OTseeker if your question is related to occupational therapy. When searching for your scoping review only ever search one database at a time. This is important as you need to show how many references you find in each database. You may also choose to contact authors of primary studies for further information, or extra publications. Just be sure this is stated this in your protocol.

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