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Please take a look at our Help page, where you will find useful tips on how to search KSR Evidence.


Can I use a Boolean search?

Yes, you can use Boolean "and" and "or".


Do search terms need to be capitalised?

No, KSR Evidence does not distinguish between capital or lowercase terms.


How do I download and export records? 

As a subscriber, you have the option to export records of your choosing in CSV or Tagged format. When searching, select the records that you wish to export, then click Export (at the top of the page underneath the Search results heading). You can either choose to export all results or you can export selected results, in CSV or Tagged format. We recommend that you select the Tagged format if you want to download your results into reference management software. Please click here to download our EndNote import filter.


How do I print records?

Go to the record you wish to print, and scroll down to ‘Tools’ on the right-hand side. Select ‘Print’ and choose your preferred settings.


How can I save a search strategy?

On the search results page, go to the search results bar. On the right-hand side you will see the option to save your search strategy, indicated with a little heart. A pop-up will come up when you click on it, where you can set up your preferences for email alerts. Select ‘save search’ and you are now able to go to your account and view the saved search.


How can I share a search strategy?

On the search results page, go to the search results bar. On the right-hand side you will see the option to save your search strategy, indicated with a little heart. A pop-up will come up when you click on it, where you can set up your preferences for email alerts. Select ‘save search’ and you are now able to go to your account and view the saved search.


How do you identify the records included on KSR Evidence?

We have developed sensitive and advanced search strategies to identify systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Our searches encompass a large number of databases including Medline, Embase and the Cochrane Library. The results are checked by our team of information specialists, and any record that may be a systematic review is then assessed based on the full paper by a systematic reviewer. Articles are included if they claim to be either a systematic review or a meta-analysis, or if the methods used in the paper are those of a systematic review.


Where can I find the search strategy and methods you use to identify records for KSR Evidence?

Given the large investment it takes to maintain and improve KSR Evidence, we keep our sources and search strategies commercial in confidence. However, you can be assured that our team of experienced information specialists has created a sensitive and robust search strategy, and that we search a large range of databases and other resources.


I am looking for a systematic review, but can't find it on KSR Evidence

To find eligible systematic reviews, we search a number of databases using a sensitive search strategy. Records are then individually screened to make sure that they really are systematic reviews before being added to KSR Evidence. Despite guidelines which state that systematic reviews and meta-analyses should be identified as such in the title, our own research shows that this is not always the case making the identification of systematic reviews and meta-analyses increasingly difficult. In some cases it may also take time for records to be added to the databases that we search so, despite our best intentions and rigorous processes, it is possible that we may miss a systematic review. If this is ever the case, please pass on the details to us and we will be sure to add it to KSR Evidence as soon as possible.