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The distinguishing features of systematic searching is that it is protocol driven, i.e. it has:
- a clearly defined question that needs answering,
- an exhaustive search strategy,
- clear inclusion and exclusion criteria,
- explicit and transparent methods that are accountable, replicable and updateable,
- and a clear logical rationale that is reported to the reader.
This tutorial will guide you through the steps required to systematically search for literature for your service-related project and thesis.
It will help you:
- focus your question,
- identify search terms,
- define your inclusion / exclusion criteria,
- identify appropriate databases to search,
- consider grey literature sources,
- and manage your search results.
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