Step 4. Extend the search. Search grey literature, track citations from reference sections, hand search table of contents of key journals, contact experts.
Step 5. Update & revise as needed.
Managing the Citations
Systematic review searches yield large numbers of citations that need to be de-duplicated and stored. Bibliographic management tools are essential. Below is a list of some common tools.
Available through the Library
Requires Purchase (but more powerful and often preferred for systematic reviews)
Distiller SR is a software designed to manage the SR from de-duplication through to data extraction (see the "Systematic Review Tools" page for more information). This product is very helpful in the de-duplication process and subsequent steps but a bibliographic management tool will still be necessary, especially at the publication stage.
Documenting A Literature Search
Describe the Literature Search (Method Section)
The acronym STARLITE can assist in your description of your literature search (Booth A. “Brimful of STARLITE”: Toward standards for reporting literature searches. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006;94(4):421–9)
S – sampling strategy
T– type of study
A – approaches (e.g., citation tracking, hand searching)