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How to Conduct a Systematic Review

Step 7-Conducting a Systematic Review

7. Apply your criteria

A. Write down the number of search results


B. Remember your inclusion and exclusion criteria from Step 1? You can now apply these criteria to the database filters and limits.

  • Filters and limits are generally available to the side of the search results. However, the available filters or limits, and their location will vary by database.


C. Keep track of the number of results you obtain in each database after you apply the filters and limits.

  • Systematic reviews require you to document every step in the search process. You will need to note the number of results you obtained in each database before and after applying your criteria.