Managing search strategies and results is an important step in the literature search process. Both provide a record of what you have done and found. This is critical if you are working on a knowledge synthesis project (e.g. systematic review, practice guideline) or anticipate re-running your searches in future. Details in the search history (e.g. controlled vocabulary, keywords, number of retrieved records, database name) inform the method section for publication.
Here are a few suggestion on how to manage your search strategies:
Note: another good practice is to record the date of export on the search strategy history, and be sure to also make note of the total number of records retrieved in each database.
Here are a few suggestions on how to manage your search results:
Note: it is recommended that you screen the results outside of the database as there will be duplication of records
The selection of which citation software tool or knowledge synthesis management software to use can be informed by considering the following:
For more information on citation software tools, see the LibGuide to Citation Management Software.