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Systematic Reviews

This guide will introduce you to the process of conducting a systematic review.

Search Filters

Clinical Queries in PubMed

These search strategies help find citations that correspond to a specific clinical study category

Cochrane Handbook

See Part 2, Section 6.4.11: Search Filters

InterTASC Information Specialists' Sub-Group

The ISSG has developed a quality checklist to assess published filters designed to retrieve records by specific study design.

Blog: PubMed Search Strategies

This blog has been created to share PubMed search strategies

Articles on Search Filters in PubMed

Runs a search in PubMed for articles about search filters.

Common Search Strategies (Filters) to Limit Retrieval

Cochrane Filter for Humans Only:

NOT (animals [mh] NOT humans [mh])

Duke Modified Cochrane Strategy for Randomized Trials in PubMed:

(randomized controlled trial[pt] OR controlled clinical trial[pt] OR randomized[tiab] OR randomised[tiab] OR randomization[tiab] OR randomisation[tiab] OR placebo[tiab] OR drug therapy[sh] OR randomly[tiab] OR trial[tiab] OR groups[tiab] NOT (animals[mh] NOT humans[mh]) NOT (Editorial[pt] OR Letter[pt] OR Case Reports[pt] OR Comment[pt]

Documenting and Reviewing Search Strategies

IOM Standards for Systematic Reviews: Standard 3.4: Document the search

PRISMA Checklist

Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions

See Part 2, Chapter 6.6: Documenting and reporting the search process

Analysis of the reporting of search strategies in Cochrane systematic reviews

Yoshii, A. (2009). Journal of the Medical Library Association, 97(1): 21-29. PMID: 19158999

PRESS Instrument for Reviewing Search Strategies

Checklist for peer review of search strategies

Term Discovery and Analysis

Search for terms and check "highly related concepts" to see MeSH that are common among your results.

PubMed PubReMiner

Run a query and see what journals, MeSH, etc., are represented among your results.

MeSH On Demand

A Tool from NLM that suggests MeSH terms based on text you provide.

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