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Systematic Reviews through Joanna Briggs Institute: Cross Searching

A Library Guide on paths, hints and tricks to creating a Systematic Review

Cross Searching

Cross Searching is how you complete the circle of Systematically searching.

Cross Searching involves taking the Works Cited list from articles chosen to include in your SR, and looking at each citation, to see if they might be candidates to pull and assess.  Always 'err' on the side of caution, pull the document if it 'might' be related.

After this go to Web of Science, EMBASE or Google Scholar (GS will have a bigger citation list) and search to see which documents have cited the documents you will be using to conduct your research. 

Once you have selected the documents you will pull, search for them in the library catalog. 

Go to

Hover over 'Research and Tools'

Select 'Catalog'

Under the drop-down menu 'Index' Select 'Journal Name Begins With..."

Type the name of the journal in this box.  (sometimes the name of the journal is abbreviated, for example you might see the following:  NURS INQ
= Nursing Inquiry) This information can be found here: Web of Science Journal Abbreviations

Search to see if we have that journal in the date that matches your citation.

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