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A Guide to Conducting Systematic Reviews: Searching the Published Literature

Database Syntax

Every database works differently. Consult with a librarian to 'translate' searches between databases. The link below provides some guidance for how to search using different platforms.

Regional Databases

Choosing and searching databases

Librarians can recommend databases and other sources to search for a systematic review. The sources you choose will depend on your research question and the disciplines in which relevant research may be conducted. Below is some guidance for choosing scholarly databases in a number of research areas.  Check the library's database list for a full list of available sources across all disciplines.

Librarians can also help with designing complex searches using the specialized syntax of individual databases.  Consult with a librarian if you have questions.

Note that these databases largely focus on the published, peer-reviewed literature. For guidance and resources for searching other types of information (i.e., gray literature), see the next tab in this guide.

Databases for Scholarly Literature

For questions on human health and medicine

For questions on agriculture, food and nutrition

For questions on reproductive health and women

For questions on organizational development, economics and policy

For questions on psychology, human development and other social sciences