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Developing and applying a protocol for a systematic review in the social sciences

Campbell, Allison, Taylor, Brian, Bates, Jessica and O'Connor-Bones, Una (2018) Developing and applying a protocol for a systematic review in the social sciences. New Review of Academic Librarianship, 24 (1). pp. 1-22. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1080/13614533.2017.1281827

Abstract

The paper reports on a systematic method of undertaking a literature search on the educational impact of being a young carer (16-24 years old). The search methodology applied and described here in detail will be of value to academic librarians and to other education researchers who undertake systematic literature searches. Seven bibliographic databases and Google Scholar were searched between November 2015 and January 2016. Two and three concept search structures were compared, involving 28 search terms plus truncation variants. One hundred and eighty one relevant articles were retrieved. Sensitivity, precision and ‘unique articles retrieved’ were used as metrics. Social Care Online and Google Scholar had the greatest sensitivity. As well as meticulous use of AND, OR and bracket operators, the use of NEAR and NOT operators to increase precision were tested and are recommended as useful tools for conducting systematic searches.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Academic librarians, literature search, bibliographic database, Google Scholar, education, young carer
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Education
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:39562
Deposited By: Dr Jessica Bates
Deposited On:20 Feb 2018 13:13
Last Modified:20 Feb 2018 13:13

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