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Systematic reviews: finding and managing the evidence

This guide gives an overview of how to plan, execute and organize literature searches to support systematic reviews and other projects and research requiring in-depth searches.

Other sources


When carrying out a systematic review, it's important to conduct a very thorough search which includes sources other than traditional databases like Medline or CINAHL. There are a variety of methods used to finding other relevant unpublished papers and reports not included  in traditional bibliographic databases, such as:

It's important to keep a record of these other sources used, as well as your search terms, in order to properly document the search process.

Further reading on some of these issues can be found in the Cochrane Handbook  or the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination's guidance on systematic reviews.