Hand searching (also referred to as 'handsearching') refers to 'a manual page-by-page examination of the entire contents of a journal issue or conference proceedings to identify all eligible reports of trials' (Cochrane Manual, section 1.3.1 Handsearching).
According to Dickersin et al. (1994), it can be a useful in addition to searching electronic databases for at least two reasons:
These same reasons can apply broadly to studies of any design.
Dickersin, K., Scherer, R., & Lefebvre, C. (1994). Identifying relevant studies for systematic reviews. BMJ, 309(6964), 1286–1291. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6964.1286
You may already be aware of key journals and conferences in the area. Your supervisor and others with expertise in the area can be a useful guide to key sources.
Databases can also help in identifying key titles. Most databases will provide a list of refining options from the results page including titles of journals with articles containing your search terms, typically ranked by frequency.
For example in Ovid Emcare searching for publications on staff ratios in aged care facilities provides the pictured list of journals indexed by that database that include articles with the keywords entered.
Journal of the American Medical Directors Association has the greatest number of articles on this topic at this time and is listed first.
Once you have identified journal titles, publisher journal sites are often the easiest place to browse issues.
Multidisciplinary databases Scopus and Web of Science can also help in identifying key journals for hand searching.
|Identifying relevant journals in Scopus|
|Identifying relevant journals in Web of Science|
'If journals or conference proceedings were consulted, specify the names of each source, the dates covered and how they were searched (such as handsearching or browsing online)' - PRISMA Explanation and Elaboration, p. 6
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My Bookshelf is the place where you can organise your favorite journals and stay up to date in your field! You may rename and organise your "shelves" and "bookcases" however you'd like! This configuration will automatically sync to your other devices when you use the same login.
See the video below to learn how to add a journal to My bookshelf (11 mins)
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