Note: This procedure helps you keep track of the information that will be needed to report the methods in the article and also to fill in the PRISMA flow diagram.
Have the right EndNote library open in the background before you begin exporting.
Note: We do not generally recommend using Safari as your browser during this process, although it can be used with some tweaking.
For more instructions on using EndNote or other software programs, please see the Citation Guide
The steps below cover Ovid MEDLINE, Embase Classic+Embase on Ovid, PubMed, and Web of Science, and CINAHL (EBSCOhost)
We often start by exporting records from Ovid MEDLINE, if applicable (you may have decided to only use PubMed to search MEDLINE; those instructions are below):
See the instructions on deduplicating in EndNote.
Create a compressed library for backup after having removed all duplicates, with a filename like SearchTerms-yyyymmdd-Deduplicated—xRecords.enlx. This will be the library for screening.
The PRISMA checklist (for systematic reviews) specifies that the following should be documented in the published report:
#7) Describe all information sources (e.g. databases with dates of coverage, contact with study authors to identify additional studies) in the search and date last searched.
#8) Present full electronic search strategy for at least one database, including any limits used, such that it could be repeated.
The PRISMA Elaboration and Explanation provides more details on the meaning and rationale of the checklist items.
The PRISMA flow diagram is used to illustrate the flow of records through the search and screening process.
There are many forms of knowledge synthesis in addition to systematic reviews, and reporting guidelines for them may be non-existent, under development, or evolving. To check for reporting guidelines, please visit the Equator Network.
Record the information in a separate document:
|Names of databases/platforms searched||Ovid MEDLINE|
|Database time coverage||1946-Present|
|Date searched||January 12, 2018|
|Number of records from each database before deduplicating||
Ovid MEDLINE: 1023
Ovid Embase: 2046
|Number of records after deduplicating||2056|
|Search strategy from each database||
1. Silicone gels/
2. Silicone elastomers/
4. (gels or gel).tw.
5. Cica care.tw.
7. Cicatrix, hypertrophic/
8. (hypertrophic adj3 scar*).tw.
9. Hypertrophic cicatrices.tw.
10. Hypertrophic cicatrix.tw.
12. 6 and 11