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Systematic Reviews: Follow up with reference lists

Don't miss any relevant references

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How to follow up with reference lists

After you have screened all the papers identified by your database and grey literature searches, and agreed on which will be included in the review, you can check through their reference lists. Any articles in their reference lists which meet your inclusion criteria should also be included in the review. Please note: this should only be done for the included papers (those which meet your inclusion criteria after screening), not every article you find in your database search.

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