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Systematic Information Search

Systematic information search refers to a planned information search that also documents how the searches have been done and explains how (by what criteria) the selected source materials have been selected for use. Once a search has been described, it can also be done again if desired, i.e. the other person would receive the same (or almost the same) search results. (The number of search results may change if more studies or publications related to the same topic appear.) Systematic information search is common, among other things, when the research method is literature review. See more from Thesis Instructions at Karelia University of Applied Sciences.

Information search documentation may include information listed below:

  • What databases have been used
  • What keywords have been used in the search
  • How search words are combined in search
  • When is the search done
  • How many results have been obtained

Information search results can be presented, for example, in tabular form in the annexes of the work. Example templates in English:

(Example templates: Developed 2016-2018 by Virginia (Ginny) Pannabecker,, University Libraries, Virginia Tech - licensed CC-BY 4.0 for reuse and adaptation (