Answered By: DLS Admin
Last Updated: Nov 27, 2020     Views: 6

This largely depends on the aims and scope of your review, and what you are hoping to achieve.

Library Search is a separate database in its own right and may return results not found elsewhere in other databases, or it may rank the results differently than other databases and search engines. You may therefore discover and find material that you may not have identified elsewhere. However, you may also find cross over with other subject specific databases, like CINAHL.

Library Search can also be useful in finding ‘grey literature,’ such as theses, magazine articles, newspaper articles, reports etc. The content type filters will enable you to filer your results by type of publication. Library Search can be helpful if you have a wide scope and intend to include many different types of publications in your review.

It can also be useful during the initial scoping activities that you might undertake before planning or commencing your review. It may help you to identify key journal titles, appropriate keywords, and key authors.

In common with other databases, Library Search will only ever display the first thousand results, even where it says it has retrieved over this amount, which can sometimes limit its use in systematic reviews.