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.
Systematic Reviews in Education, Crime and Justice, and Social Welfare
Leading source for full-text systematic reviews in health care. Searches a collection of six databases that includes the CDSR, DARE, CENTRAL, CMR, HTA, NHS EED. Click on "Search Limits" or the Browse tab to select content from a specific database.
Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of health care interventions
Database of more than 1,700 reviews of health promotion effectiveness.
Database of over 33,000 randomised trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy and physical therapy from the Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy.
Database of studies of cognitive, behavioural and other treatments for psychological problems and issues occurring as a consequence of acquired brain impairment (ABI). Rates studies for their methodological quality. Freely available.
Systematic reviews and other literature related to speech pathology interventions. Evidence is graded; highest-quality evidence is listed first for each search.
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.
CISCRP (Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation)
World Health Organization (WHO) International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP)
Proquest Dissertations and Theses database covers every doctoral dissertation completed in the U.S. at accredited institutions for the last 150 years. Includes some master's theses and foreign language dissertations. Many titles published since 1997 are available in PDF digital form full-text.
Introduction to ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Database (a PPT handout)
Many discipline-related theses and dissertations are indexed in the databases.
Center for Research Libraries Foreign Dissertations
More than 800,000 doctoral dissertations produced for universities outside of the United States and Canada. These can be requested through FSU Libraries' Interlibrary Loan. Read more on their dissertation collection...
WorldCat (OCLC WorldCat Discovery
Provides access to over 5 million records of dissertations and theses available in library collections.
Browse or search through several ETD collections, typically across multiple institutions at once.
Source for open access theses and dissertations around the world.
DART-Europe is a partnership of research libraries and library consortia who are working together to improve global access to European research theses.
Australasian Digital Theses in Trove
A free repository of Australian material, including almost a million Australian theses.
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.
Fore more detailed information, read De-duplication of database search results for systematic reviews in EndNote.
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