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PubMed (English): Logbook

The logbook

Before you start searching it is useful to create a Word document in which you note down everything concerning your literature search and in which you record which decisions you have made.This is later useful to knowing which choices you have made and why. Moreover, it is a justification for your search strategy. 
What do you mention in your document?

  • your research question
  • the dates on which you searched
  • the databases you have used
  • the number of hits
  • the search strategy followed for every part of your research question
  • the PICO-form

Tip

Through Advanced you can find your search history, an overview of all your searches. Copy this with Printscreen or with the Snipping Tool (Windows tool) and paste this in your logbook.

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