Systematic Review Literature Searches

An efficient and cost effective way to carry out systematic review literature searches.

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We provide access to the world’s best peer-reviewed literature through an intuitive and powerful search interface. Combined with our flexible pricing options and advanced search functionality, Dialog® is the ideal choice for searching literature as part of a systematic review.

For anyone doing a literature search as part of a systematic review, the Dialog platform offers the best combination of content, features and pricing.

With Dialog, you don’t need to carry out multiple searches across different databases and platforms. You can search all the main biomedical and scientific databases at once and easily track and manage every stage of the search process. What’s more, Dialog makes it easy to manage and export large volumes of search results. On top of this is Dialog’s flexible pricing, giving you access to the content you need, no matter what your budget. Together, these features ensure Dialog can become an integral part of your overall systematic review workflow.

Features and benefits

Search multiple databases at once

Through the Dialog platform we provide access to over 140 databases, including Embase, MEDLINE, BIOSIS Previews and SciSearch.

All content is standardised to provide a consistent search experience, eliminating the need for complex post-processing.

Advanced search features

Dialog offers precision searching across all of our databases with three search modes, from basic to expert. Dialog also includes a number of pre-made searches (hedges) for common research areas, helping you to build effective searches more quickly.

In addition, search results can be deduplicated within Dialog. You can then output your search results into a range of formats (including Excel, XML and EndNote) so they can be seamlessly added to the downstream systematic review workflow.

Flexible pricing

Our flexible pricing models means you only need to pay for what you use. In the Dialog platform, our customers can access the world’s best patent and non-patent literature databases at a price and commitment level that suits them:

  • Standard Transactional Plan: Pay-as-you-go access
  • Commitment Plan: Discounts when you commit to a minimum annual contract value
  • Choice and Site License Plans: Flat rate subscriptions for specific databases or groups of databases

Search grey literature sources

As well as offering content from well-known journals and databases, Dialog also provides access to a broad range of grey literature sources including:

  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Professional
  • Morressier Life Science Conference Abstracts and Posters
  • Northern Light Life Sciences Conference Abstracts
  • Publicly Available Content (including Open Access (OA) and PrePrint Full Text)

Dialog medical synonyms

Dialog includes a medical synonym feature that allows you to add synonyms for each of your search terms with a single click. The synonyms have been taken from a variety of sources and taxonomies, including MeSH.

Saved searches

Dialog allows you to create, save and edit complex search strategies. This makes it easy to manage multiple literature review searches. You can also create automated email notifications for each saved search, delivering new clinical data and publications on your devices as they become available on Dialog.

Search strategy services and customer support

Our expert team can help you create comprehensive search strategies for your systematic review literature searches. We also have an industry-leading customer support team that can help you use Dialog to follow PRISMA guidelines.

One-click full-text access

Dialog features one-click access to Article Galaxy from Research Solutions, giving you the option to rent or purchase the full-text version of the article you’ve found. This helps speed up the process of acquiring full-text articles for determining eligibility within the systematic review process.

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