This tab offers a step-by-step guide to developing a search strategy for a systematic review. The theoretical explanation for each of the steps (left column) is supplemented with an example (right column).
It is recommended to work through the steps sequentially, starting with Step 1.
These are the steps required when developing a comprehensive search strategy for a systematic review:
To illustrate each step for developing a search strategy, the example used in the following 11 steps is (with a slight adaptation):
A subsection of the Evidence-Based Information Special Interest Group (EBI-SIG) with the European Association of Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL) are working on a project to create living open access Library of Search Strategy Resources:
SuRe Info is a web resource that provides research-based information relating to information retrieval aspects of producing systematic reviews. The resource is kept up-to-date by an international team of experienced information specialists.
Other Australian universities have developed extensive guides on building search strategies:
These videos from the Medical Library at Yale University outline how to build search strategies for a systematic review: