Searching multiple databases leads to a LOT of duplicate records
Note: These instructions and screenshots are for EndNote X9.3.3 for Windows. Your version may look a little different.
Why use EndNote for deduping?
How can SVHM staff access EndNote?
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BEFORE running your searches create or open the library where you want your results to be saved
BEFORE exporting search results to EndNote, create groups for each database eg Medline, Embase, Emcare etc.
Run your searches and export results to EndNote in each database, starting with Medline
Move search results straight into EndNote groups as you import them
Label results - it can help to identify preferred records
BEFORE starting to remove duplicates, create a fresh EndNote Library.
BEFORE starting to dedupe in EndNote check your deduplication preferences
BEFORE deduping set up your columns to easily compare records.
How do you organise columns?
Bypassing the standard deduplication process
If you have a lot of records to compare, break them into smaller groups for easier handling
Yet more duplicates? Adjust your deduping preferences
Finally - sort by title and clean up most of the remaining duplicates
Even then, you'll find some duplicates will probably turn up when importing them into Covidence, but these should be easy to deal with.
Why create another backup?