Answered By: Lynn VanLeer Last Updated: Sep 29, 2016 Views: 1642
A search log or matrix is a record of the databases you have searched, the terms used, and the number of results.
Having a search log will help you keep track of the terms you have tried, and in which databases.
You can use whatever format works for you to create a search log. Some people prefer a spreadsheet, some prefer a table. There is no right or wrong way; do what works for you!
Here is an image of an example search log with columns for the name of the database, the search terms used, the number of results and notes:
- See more tips on how to organize your search results.
- See the Library Guide to Capstone Literature Reviews.
- See the Writing Center's Organizational Tools section for Literature Review Matrix templates.
- Where can I find a literature review matrix?
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