Morton, S., Berg, A., Levit, L., & Eden, J. (Eds.). (2011). Finding what works in health care: standards for systematic reviews. National Academies Press.
There are a variety of databases one can search for existing systematic reviews to identify if your topic has already been done as an systematic review.
Every database has the same core functions they like to operate off of, such as using keywords or the Boolean Operators AND, OR, NOT. However each database vendor designs their databases slightly different; taking time to read or watch their help documentation will help you become a power user and speed up the search process.
Grey literature refers to non-conventional, fugitive, and sometimes ephemeral publications. It helps to minimize the publication bias in systematic reviews. Some common types of the grey literature include:
The Grey Literature Network Service was founded in 1992. The goal of GreyNet is to facilitate dialog, research, and communication between persons and organisations in the field of grey literature. Its main activities include the International Conference Series on Grey Literature, the creation and maintenance of web-based resources, a moderated Listserv, a combined Distribution List, The Grey Journal (TGJ), as well as curriculum development in the field of grey literature.
Grey Literature Report from The New York Academy of Medicine
For more information on Grey Literature Report, read this blog post, and an article.
Keeping Track of Your Searches:
Keeping track of how you conducted the literature search will assist you in creating the best possible search string as well as allow you to write the research method section of the paper. A simple way to do this would be to keep track using either an Excel spreadsheet or GoogleSheets. Below is an example of a search log and a blank copy that is available for download.
Keeping Track of Selected Papers:
Covidence is a systematic review tool that allows teams to group and filter their collected articles all in one place.
To access: 1) Create a Covidence account with your @med.fsu.edu or @fsu.edu email; 2) Request an invitation to join FSU's institutional subscription. Note: Clerkship faculty can request an invitation by emailing email@example.com.
For an introduction to this tool please view this "Covidence Webinar Series from Cochrane Training" (7m:08s)
If you do not wish to use a tool such as Covidence, an alternative is to use folders and notes in your preferred citation management tool.