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Table 1 Guidance documents audited for this literature review

From: Defining the process to literature searching in systematic reviews: a literature review of guidance and supporting studies

Guidance documents Version: Year Core focus Where the guidance is reported
Systematic Reviews: CRD’s guidance for undertaking reviews in health care [6]. 2009 Systematic reviews of health care interventions 1.3 Pages 16–22
The Cochrane Handbook [9]. Version 5.1: June 2017 Systematic reviews of interventions Chapter 6: Searching for studies
Collaboration for environmental evidence: Guidelines for systematic reviews in environmental management [10]. Version 4.2 March 2013 Systematic reviews of environmental evidence Section “Other handbooks exist” (pages 36–41)
Joanna Briggs Institute Reviewers’ Manual [11]. 2014 edition Systematic reviews of qualitative studies Chapter 7 Information Retrieval (pages 28–31)
Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG): IQWiG [3]. 2014 Systematic reviews of health care interventions Chapter 7: Information retrieval
Systematic Reviews in the Social Sciences: A Practical Guide [2]. 2006 Systematic reviews of social science topics Chapter 4. How to find the studies: the literature search (pages 81–124)
Process of information retrieval for systematic reviews and health technology assessments on clinical effectiveness. Eunethta [7]. Version 1.1 December 2016. Systematic reviews of health care interventions Standalone guideline on literature searching
The Campbell Handbook: Searching for studies: a guide to information retrieval for Campbell systematic reviews [8]. Version 1.1. February 2017. Systematic reviews of interventions in social science topics Standalone guideline on literature searching
Developing NICE guidelines: the manual [4]. 2014 Systematic reviews to inform health care guidelines Chapter 5. Identifying the evidence: literature searching and evidence submission.