If you collaborate with a librarian on your search strategies, they will document search details.
Documenting the search will ensure that we:
This is a critical step for rigorous review papers, such as systematic reviews. Documenting searches for traditional (narrative) literature reviews is not essential but will help you stay organized and perhaps save you some time.
Document the following during the search process:
We recommend that you document your search strategies using a tool with which you're comfortable. Commonly used tools include desktop or web-based word processors and spreadsheet software. Web-based software (e.g. MUSC Box, Google Docs or Google Sheets) should be considered for collaborative projects.
Below are examples of how you can document your search strategies using either Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel.
If you are doing a systematic review, you will need to include a PRISMA Flow Diagram in your published manuscript.