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Gerstein Science Information Centre

Kinesiology & Physical Education Resources for Undergraduates

This guide is intended primarily for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education

Saving Your Searches

Most major databases allow you to save your searches. This avoids retyping many lines of text when you want to reuse the same strategy.

To save your searches, you will usually need to create a free account with each database.

MEDLINE save searches option.

Copying search strategies

  • quickly and easily copy your search strategy to include for an assignment
  • keep track and share your search methods

Documenting Your Methodology

Keep a list as you go with this information (using a spreadsheet, an online or paper checklist, or a Word document):

  • Databases searched, and provider used (ex. OVID vs. ProQuest for PsycINFO)
  • Date you performed the search 
  • Search strategy, including subject headings and keywords used
  • Search history (show combinations of terms)
  • Number of results, both pre-screening and post-screening
  • Number of duplicates