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Systematic Review

Systematic Reviews are an increasingly important publication type for making informed health policy and patient care decisions. They are labor intensive, but synthesize and summarize existing information.

Search Overview

Systematic review searches are thorough and sensitive. Multiple pertinent sources are searched. Sources chosen depend on the topic.

Searches are developed over time with repeated cycles of testing until the search is effectively finding the desired information while attempting to minimize the number of irrelevant results.

UCSF Librarians can best contribute to your team during this step of your review. Once you have submitted your Getting Started form, we will contact you regarding next steps including our role in supporting your search.

Grey Literature

Examples of grey literature include publications/reports/white papers from governments, academics, think tanks, organizations, business or industry,  dissertations and theses, Conference abstracts, proceedings, policies & procedures, patents, pharmaceutical data, unpublished trial data.

Searching Grey Literature

Google Search: Using Goolge's site limit feature to find government or institution reports.

Example: searching for grey literature from government or education institution

Prenatal care AND telemedicine AND site:gov

prenatal care AND telemedicine AND site:edu

Selected Grey Literature Resources

  • Repositories and Reports

Grey Literature Network Service: http://www.greynet.org/greysourceindex/documenttypes.html

Grey Literature Report www.greylit.org

Open Grey www.opengrey.eu

OSF https://help.osf.io/hc/en-us/articles/360019930893-Register-Your-Project

PROSPERO https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/prospero/

Registry of Open Access Repositories http://roar.eprints.org/

Registry of Research Data Repositories http://service.re3data.org 

  • Clinical Trial Registries

ClinicalTrials.gov https://clinicaltrials.gov/

ISRCTN registry http://www.isrctn.com/

WHO ICTRP http://www.who.int/ictrp/en/

  • Conference Abstracts, Proceedings

BIOSIS Previews (UCSF only)

EMBASE (UCSF only)

Paper First

Web of Science (UCSF only)

  • Dissertations/Theses

Dissertations and Theses

NDLTD Global ETD Search  http://search.ndltd.org/index.php

  • Evidence-Based Guidelines

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality https://www.ahrq.gov/research/data/index.html

National Health Service (NHS) Centre for Reviews and Dissemination https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/CRDWeb/

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE),https://www.nice.org.uk/

Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network https://www.sign.ac.uk/

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org

  • Legislation/Policies

California Health Benefit Review Program: bill analysis https://chbrp.org/completed_analyses/index.php

  • Research Registries

HSRProj https://wwwcf.nlm.nih.gov/hsr_project/home_proj.cfm

  • Statistics, Health

HealthData.gov (beta) http://www.healthdata.gov/

National Center for Health Statistics http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/

Phpartners Health Data Tools & Statistics: Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce https://phpartners.org/

RAND Corporation http://www.rand.org/pubs.html

  • Other Resources

British Library   http://explore.bl.uk/

National Technical Reports Library www.ntis.gov

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation www.rwjf.org/en.html

WorldCat http://www.worldcat.org/

 

 

The basis for this list is a handout from Ahlam Saleh, MD, MLIS related to Midday at the Oasis presentation August 2015.