Bournemouth University uses MySearch as a tool to search within lots of different databases simultaneously. It is not a database in its own right. A key question is:
Is MySearch suitable for undertaking a systematic search?
The principle problem with using MySearch is
For a systematic review in a health subject, you need to be able to use the subject heading features (which means you need to search databases individually). For subject areas outside of health, subject heading search options are less used which means using MySearch will affect your results less, but they are still used by some sources.
Note that when writing up your search you will need to be able to identify which databases you have searched (you cannot just say MySearch). There is an option in MySearch which allows you to highlight and limit to specific resources at which MySearch is looking.
It is important to check if a systematic review has been undertaken for your research topic, before you embark on the resarch yourself. It is particularly important to know when it was undertaken (or if it is currently in progress).
Systematic reviews written up in journals
Not all systematic reviews will be registered centrally and will often just be published in a journal. This means that when you have undertaken a literature search, you might want to limit your search to systematic reviews. This can be a little difficult as most databases do not have a systematic review filter. There are some 'filters' you can apply to any search yourself, with a little adaption, but they are not a perfect system. The search filter is essentially another line of search you apply and you overlap it with the rest of your search using AND. See
To identify the core resources for your topic search, it is best to consult with the librarians who support your faculty. Even for a general field such as health, outside of key resources, there will be a range of sources directed at your particular topic of interest. The subject lists we provide are useful but don't qualify the importance of any given source.
Faculty of Health and Social Sciences library team email - email@example.com
Faculty of Management library team email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty of Media & Communication library team email - email@example.com
Faculty of Science & Technology library team email - SciTechLibTeam@bournemouth.ac.uk