Current search methodology topics

A snapshot of search methodology research published in the TRIP Database in the last year (2020-March 2021)

From 166 records (primary and secondary research) in TRIP database with ‘search’ or ‘searching’ in the title, about 30 of the records concerned search methodology (rather than searches on particular health topics).

Of these, common topics were (in descending order of frequency):

Online searching behaviour of non-specialist searchers (specifically relating to the pandemic)

Search performance:

Search filters/standalone strategies: precision/sensitivity

Filter development and validation

Source analysis

Google, Microsoft Academic compared with academic databases

Other topics

Automation/text mining

Abbreviated vs full searches

Citation searching

Visual search

Using PICO

PRISMA statement applied to search reporting

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