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Stage 2: Developing the Search: Step 2: Where to Search

Choosing Where to Search

Databases are where your search will be primarily conducted. Depending on your type of review, however, other sources will be imperative to facilitating a comprehensive search.

Your goals in this step are to:

  • Select databases to use for your search
  • Identify additional sources (e.g., grey literature, clinical trial registries) to search that are best-suited for your research topic

Before going forward, consult with a librarian for database recommendations and further advice for finding sources