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Capstone and Thesis Research: Write up & formatting

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Describe your search

Search strategy is a part of your methodology for literature reviews


This excerpt shows one example of how a search strategy may be described: 


screen capture of Cochrane search description


Things to include:

  • The databases that you searched 
  • The search terms used (Keywords and Subject Headings)
  • Hand searches of specific journals (this means you manually check specific journals rather than searching using a database)
  • The date range you searched for
  • Inclusion and exclusion criteria:  a specific methodology? date range? outcome of studies? etc. 

As well as looking at examples in published reviews, and systematic reviews, Appendix 3 of this handbook provides more details and guidance: