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Effective searching of LILACS database for systematic reviews

Date and Location




Friday 20 September 2013 - 10:30 - 12:00
Presenting author and contact person

Presenting author

Demián Glujovsky

Contact person

Agustín Ciapponi
Demián Glujovsky
Abstract text
Background:Information retrieval for systematic reviews needs to be comprehensive in order to identify those studies which will provide a reliable result. The range of databases used to identify those studies, and particularly the inclusion of regional databases such as LILACS – the Latin American and Caribbean Health Sciences database, varies across organisations. Information specialists and others involved in searching for studies for evidence syntheses such as systematic reviews need to be aware of regional databases such as LILACS and how best to search them to identify studies not included in other major bibliographic databases such as MEDLINE and EMBASE. Objectives: To enable participants to operate an effective searching on the LILACS database in order to retrieve relevant information to improve the conduct of Systematic Reviews. The presentation will include an overview of the LILACS database and will focus on issues such as journal coverage, multilingual searching (to identify records in English, Portuguese and Spanish), advantages of searching these resources in addition to other databases, search features, downloading records, any current limitations to the search interface and plans for future enhancements.