One of the first steps in the research process is searching for published systematic reviews on your topic. You'll want to avoid finding out that there is already a published review on your exact topic after doing all the planning & searching.
There are a number of good databases to search for published systematic reviews. You'll find a sample of these databases below:
An exploratory search usually involves a keyword search on 1-2 databases. The exploratory search is important for several reasons:
This is a crucial step in the systematic review search process - it would be ill-advised to skip it.
A decent general rule is that you will want to search at least three databases during the systematic review process. Picking the right databases can be tricky, but here are some of our recommendations:
For more information on how to find databases at The University of Alabama Libraries, see the embedded video below: