STARLITE refers to the standards for reporting literature searches (Sampling strategy, Type of study, Approaches, Range of years, Limits, Inclusion and exclusions, Terms used, Electronic sources)
S= Sampling Strategy
T= Type of Study
R= Range of Years
I= Inclusion and exclusions
Booth A. ‘‘Brimful of STARLITE’’: toward standards for reporting literature searches. J Med Libr Assoc 2006 Oct;94(4):421–9, e20
Example of Search Statement for Methods Section- Search Strategy (from Curtin Universtity)
Multiple database searches were conducted to identify recent publications.
Results were limited by……..
All identified documents were examined and those that were relevant were retrieved for inclusion in the review. Reference lists and citations of retrieved documents were examined to identify additional publications. A summary of search terms and databases searched follows.
Any research begins with a question. Literature reviews are an important place to start your research because:
Keep in mind that there is more than one way to do literature review. Here are two common examples you will see in CINAHL
1. Papers that inclue a literature review section just after the introduction. These are articles that include a literature review to bring the reader up to speed on past research and then usually introduce their own work.
2. Papers that are entirely literature review from start to finish. These are articles that examine the past literature and bring the reader up to date on a particular concept or topic.
Grey literature is not found in "traditional publishing cycles". Grey literature is produced by universities, government agencies and non profits to name a few.
In all these databases:
Here is an example search strategy from Cochrane for the following research question:
Is cognitive behaviour therapy a useful intervention in the prevention of postnatal depression?
The strategy will search for qualitative systematic reviews of Condition OR Intervention.
Booth A. Chapter 3: Searching for Studies. In: Noyes J, Booth A, Hannes K, Harden A, Harris J, Lewin S, Lockwood C (editors), Supplementary Guidance for Inclusion of Qualitative Research in Cochrane Systematic Reviews of Interventions.
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