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Exercise Science

This research guide will provide you with starting points for finding information on exercise science.


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EndNote is a piece of software which enables you to store and manage your references. You can download references from most databases and cite directly into Microsoft Word.

Systematic Review Help

A systematic search seeks to locate all the evidence on a research question, using systematic methods. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • Plan your search carefully
  • Use a combination of index terms (e.g. MeSH) and text words
  • Search a range of sources (e.g. databases, reference lists, contact with experts)
  • Don't forget unpublished literature (e.g. theses, conference presentations, government reports)
  • Document your search as you go - your methods should be transparent and reproducible
  • Think carefully before applying limits to your search (e.g. publication date) - it may lead you to miss relevant literature
  • Your Liaison Librarians are here to help!


PRISMA stands for Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses. It is an evidence-based minimum set of items for reporting in systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

This site has:

  • a helpful checklist for undertaking a systematic review.
  • a flow diagram which shows the flow of information through the different phases of a systematic review.