Create a table or spreadsheet to document your search for your Methods section.
|Name of person who conducted the search||Database searched||Date of search||Search terms and database filters (if used)||Total search results||Articles retained for screening/further evaluation (Put PDFs in a shared Google Drive folder or citation manager, such as EndNote Online or Mendeley)|
Below is an example of a search documentation table created in Google Docs. You may copy and paste onto a new Google Doc or download as a Word document or PDF.
Most databases allow you to create a personal account, allowing you to save searches and set alerts.
For those of you doing a literature review as your main project:
Although you are not doing a systematic review, you can use Covidence, a systematic review management tool, to screen articles based on your inclusion and exclusion criteria. Covidence will automatically generate a PRISMA Flow Diagram.
The PRISMA Flow Diagram is for systematic review reporting. It maps out the number of records identified, included and excluded. You are not doing a systematic review in this program, but this tool can be a helpful tool for documenting your reasons for including and excluding articles in your Capstone paper.
Flowchart from Page, McKenzie, J. E., Bossuyt, P. M., Boutron, I., Hoffmann, T. C., Mulrow, C. D., Shamseer, L., Tetzlaff, J. M., Akl, E. A., Brennan, S. E., Chou, R., Glanville, J., Grimshaw, J. M., Hróbjartsson, A., Lalu, M. M., Li, T., Loder, E. W., Mayo-Wilson, E., McDonald, S., … Moher, D. (2021). The PRISMA 2020 statement: an updated guideline for reporting systematic reviews. BMJ (Online), 372, n71–n71. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n71
You are not exactly doing an integrative review in this program, but you are doing something similar. Looking at examples of integrative reviews can help you structure your Capstone. Look for examples of integrative reviews in databases such as CINAHL Complete and PubMed.
Guidance for conducting integrative reviews: