This is a keyword search strategy. The most comprehensive search is a combined keyword and subject heading search.
Consider your initial search strategy to be a first draft. Use it to search a database, check the results, then adjust the strategy as needed. You may produce a number of drafts before the search strategy is in its final form.
Your search strategy will need to be modified for each database. See the database search tips to faciliate this translation process.
If you retrieve too many results:
If you retrieve too few results:
Key health databases such as Medline (PubMed), CINAHL and PsycINFO use subject headings, a controlled vocabulary, to describe the content of the publications they index.
These resources explain subject headings:
Keep up-to-date with the literature during your research.
Save database search histories and receive email alerts when new articles are published that match your search query.
To do this, create a free personal account when logged into the database with your Monash Authcate.
See the document below for some information on saved searches and alerts:
The module above provides an excellent grounding in various aspects of Systematic Reviews.