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Searching Systematically For Your Research: Introduction

Being systematic is...

searching, selecting and managing the best available evidence for research, according to a defined, planned and consistent method.
(Dore L, Delaunois, I)


Increasingly an evidence based approach to searching which already has a strong presence in healthcare is extending to include all discipline areas such as engineering, science, education etc. A search of the literature must be systematic ‘to be transparent, accountable and replicable’

(Gough 2012 p 116).

What's in it for me ?

What's in it for me?    

Steps to begin



Being systematic vs Systematic review

Your research must be...






Accountable: You should actively make your search open to scrutiny and assessment.
Transparent:  Your search strategy should be open to scrutiny.
Replicable:    Anyone should be able to replicate your search.

Argyrous, G. (2012) 'Evidence based policy: principles of transparency and accountability', Australian Journal of Pubic Administration, 71(4), pp. 457-468.