Taking advantage of key tools and database functionality can save you time.
What you should record:
|Name of the database||For example have you searched Scopus, Web of Science, or another database.|
|Platform (provider) the database is on||
This is important as some databases are available on several different platforms.
Common platforms include:
Not all databases will be hosted on a platform.
|Date you searched||Databases update regularly so results may vary if searches are replicated later on.|
|Your whole search strategy||
Tip: save your search strategy in the database, this will require a personal sign in, or instead copy and paste it or do a screenshot.
Recording your search strategies correctly and clearly is critical if you are undertaking a particular type of review.
An alert is an automatic update from a database or publisher website, normally in the form of an email, which is sent at regular intervals. They are a great way to keep up to date with the latest research.
Important: Not all the above alerts will be available in every search tool.
The following resources will show you how to save searches and set up alerts.