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ERIC Number: EJ1109026
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1759-2879
A Systematic Method for Search Term Selection in Systematic Reviews
Thompson, Jenna; Davis, Jacqueline; Mazerolle, Lorraine
Research Synthesis Methods, v5 n2 p87-97 Jun 2014
The wide variety of readily available electronic media grants anyone the freedom to retrieve published references from almost any area of research around the world. Despite this privilege, keeping up with primary research evidence is almost impossible because of the increase in professional publishing across disciplines. Systematic reviews are a solution to this problem as they aim to synthesize all current information on a particular topic and present a balanced and unbiased summary of the findings. They are fast becoming an important method of research across a number of fields, yet only a small number of guidelines exist on how to define and select terms for a systematic search. This article presents a replicable method for selecting terms in a systematic search using the semantic concept recognition software called "leximancer" (Leximancer, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia). We use this software to construct a set of terms from a corpus of literature pertaining to transborder interventions for drug control and discuss the applicability of this method to systematic reviews in general. This method aims to contribute a more "systematic" approach for selecting terms in a manner that is entirely replicable for any user.
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Language: English
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