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Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis: Tips for Getting Started: Searching for Studies: Electronic Databases

This quick guide is a brief outline of steps to follow when creating a systematic review or a meta-analysis.

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Searching for Studies: Electronic Databases

Search electronic databases which index journals that publish articles relevant to the subject topic.

Biomedical:   PubMed, Embase, Ageline,, National Guideline Clearinghouse

Basic Science:  Scopus, Web of Science

Evidence Based:  Cochrane Register of Controlled Trials, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

Nursing:  CINAHL Complete, Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI), PEPID

Occupational Therapy:  OT Search

Physical Therapy:  CINAHL Complete, Pedro

Pharmaceutical:  Embase, Micromedex, International Pharmaceutical Abstracts, PharmGKB

Psychiatry/Psychology:  PubMed, Embase, PsychInfo, Psychiatry Online

Speech, Language, Pathology:  PubMed, CINAHL CompleteLinguistics & Language Pathology,

       Rehabilitation Reference CenterScopus

These databases and others are listed under the All Databases icon on the libraries homepage:

NOTE:  Keep or obtain a copy of the search strategy(ies) used when searching the database(s).  This information is reported in published systematic reviews.


2. Haase, S.  (2011).  Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis.  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 127(2), 955-966.  PMID: 21285802

4. Sambunjak, D., & Franic, M.  (2012).  Steps in the undertaking of a systematic review in orthopaedic surgery.  International Orthopaedics, 36(3), 477-84.



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