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Search Log Template
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Topic:
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General Questions:
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Research Questions:
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Outcomes / Categories of information desired:
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Ex: Study characteristics, Outcome measures of interest, Theories, Methodologies, Key Authors or Labs or Organizations, Themes, Gaps/Further Research Needed
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Inclusion / Exclusion Criteria for your review:
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Ex: Empirical studies or reviews that specifically address/discuss/provide results related to one or more of our outcomes of interest; all dates; must address location/population within southeastern United States; not interested in commentary, editorials, or case studies for this review
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Information Sources:
*Consider making an appointment with your liaison librarian: https://lib.vt.edu/help/subject-specialists.html
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Databases (aim to search at least 3)
*Not sure where to start? Check library Subject Guides for recommendations: http://guides.lib.vt.edu/subject-guides
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Grey LIterature Sources
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Web Search Engines:
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Specific Websites or Other Sources:
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E.g. professional associations in the topic area, conferences related to this topic, nonprofit or other research organizations, companies/businesses
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Search Strategy Planning / Brainstorming
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ConceptKeywords / SynonymsDatabase-specific Subject or Index terms
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ex: childrenchild, youth
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Search Record / Log
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Date SearchedDatabase / Search Engine / Top-Level SourcePlatform / PublisherDate Range of Coverage from sourceSearch typed inLimits / Refinements / Filters / Options used?Number of ResultsAlert set?Notes - Quality of ResultsAdditional Notes
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ex: 2018/02/08PubMed (including Medline)NCBI / NLM1946-presentvegetable intake AND school lunchesdate range limited to last 10 years, results limited to age range filter: Child - 6-12 years26not yetDraft search - low number of results - try some new searches with more terms and synonyms, and without the filters/limits
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ex: 2018/02/08PubMed (including Medline)NCBI / NLM1946-present
(vegetable* OR veggie*) AND (child* OR youth* OR “elementary school” OR “primary school” OR “grade school”) / (vegetable* OR veggie*) AND (“elementary school” OR “primary school” OR “grade school”) / (vegetable* OR veggie*) AND school* / (vegetable* OR veggie*) AND school* AND (child* OR youth* OR elementary OR primary OR grade)
No filters329not yetDraft search - still large results with most, or incomplete-seeming with the smaller searches. Consider adding more specific focus after reviewing some existing review articles to target an aspect within this topic, such as: school lunches in particular - add keyword/s for lunch, School snack options (vending machines, other), After school programs
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Citations Storage Method - [note where saved - example: saved in my Zotero Library - email account for library is: ...]
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Key sources for my review:
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Gathered in a folder in my EndNote Library
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Cited References: Sources from these key sources’ reference lists
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Added to my EndNote Library
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Citing References: Sources citing my key sources:
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Added to my EndNote Library
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Themes, Notes, and Critical Evaluation of Sources
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See this Google Drive folder with notes on key sources: [link]
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This spreadsheet available at: https://tinyurl.com/LitRevSpreadsheet | Document version: https://tinyurl.com/LitRevDocument
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