These pages have a range of resources compiled - and some specially created - for Psychology Honours students to assist with developing searching and research skills.
Library Training Resources 2021
SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS RESOURCES FOR PSYCHOLOGY STUDENTS
These articles and videos were originally compiled for another Psychology Masters group, but they are applicable for Psychology systematic reviews in general.
Our Systematic Review LibGuide has much more comprehensive information, but these articles are recommended reading for you to gain a good understanding:
WATCH AND HAVE A GO (50 MINUTES) Now see how to conduct your own search by watching the videos below and responding to the questions after each video.
VIDEO 1: Developing search terms (4:17)
VIDEO 2: Preliminary Scoping search (7:19)
VIDEO 3: Finding more terms for the Concept Grid (5:43)
Pull out the table you created after viewing Video 1.
VIDEO 4: MEDLINE (Ovid) Search (12:35)
Once you have decided on your search terms, integrate them all in the 'final' search.
But you still need to be prepared to tweak or make improvements once you have assessed the results.
PRISMA Guidelines – Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria and Processing Results
Meline, T. (2006). Selecting studies for systemic review: inclusion and exclusion criteria. Contemporary issues in communication science and disorders, 33(Spring), 21-27.
Polanin, J. R., Pigott, T. D., Espelage, D. L., & Grotpeter, J. K. (2019). Best practice guidelines for abstract screening large‐evidence systematic reviews and meta‐analyses. Research Synthesis Methods, 10(3), 330-342
When writing up your systematic review keep in mind the specific guidelines for structuring your review. Systematic review standards are elements that should be reported in any published systematic review. Also there may be other 'Instructions to Authors' provided by the journals or organisations in which you plan to publish.
The PRISMA statement can be followed to ensure reliable coverage of the systematic review methods, results and conclusions. The PRISMA Elaboration and Explanation (E&E) document that accompanies the PRISMA statement provides instructions for each of the items on the checklist.
Video: Searching PsycINFO on Ovid at MQ Uni (10:03)
Video: CINAHL Part 1: Search our topic "CBT for Anxiety in Children" (10:26) in the database CINAHL (Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature). This database is provided by EBSCO, but we have it on a special platform to allow subject heading searches.
Database Videos (produced by the vendor OVID - relevant for PsycInfo, Medline and Embase)
The following are a selection of training videos most likely to be most useful for you (though some of these are very detailed):
Saving the search history in OVID (from the University of Otago, Wellington)
It is advisable to save your search history in Medline (or PsycInfo) once you have finalised your search strategy. This will save you having to enter it again each time.