Explain what methods you are going to use to conduct your review.
Any systematic review or scoping review should be:
Your methods of conducting the review should include:
Try to avoid just describing your methods, think about justifying your methods and underpin your justifications with evidence from books, journals etc. For instance, always ask yourself why you're doing something in a particular way and justify it to the reader of your review.
Think about how you can limit your search to more manageable numbers.
Last 5 years? 10 years? Really depends on your topic
Language? Limit to English language unless you're fluent in another language. It's not always possible to obtain an english translation to a international language research paper.
Peer Reviewed? Choose this option if it's available on all the databases you're going to be searching
Be Careful if...
you're limiting your search by country - This doesn't necessarily mean that the research has been carried out in that chosen country. It could mean that 1 of the authors comes from a university or affiliated with that particular country. You might be better adding particular country/regions into your search strategy.
you're searching in different databases - make sure you are using the same limiters across all databases.
Also think carefully about the research papers you are wanting to include and exclude in your review. This entirely depends on your research question.
Here's a simple example:
What are nurses' experiences of caring for dementia patients in an acute ward setting?
|acute setting, ward setting, hospital||home, residential care|
|dementia, alzheimers patients||other neurological conditions, co-morbidities|
nursing assistants, doctors & other healthcare professionals, caregivers, family experiences