Database choices in endocrine systematic reviews

Matt Vassar, Branden Carr, Melissa Kash-Holley, Elizabeth DeWitt, Chelsea Koller, Joshua Day, Kimberly Day, David Herrmann, Matt Holzmann

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Objective: The choice of bibliographic database during the systematic review search process has been an ongoing conversation among information specialists. With newer information sources, such as Google Scholar and clinical trials registries, we were interested in which databases were utilized by information specialists and systematic review researchers. Method: We retrieved 144 systematic reviews and meta-analyses from 4 clinical endocrinology journals and extracted all information sources used during the search processes. Results: Findings indicate that traditional bibliographic databases are most often used, followed by regional databases, clinical trials registries, and gray literature databases. Conclusions: This study informs information specialists about additional resources that may be considered during the search process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-191
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the Medical Library Association
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2015


  • Databases, bibliographic
  • Information services
  • Meta-analysis
  • PubMed
  • Review


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