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Table 1 Details of database and citation indexing service searches

From: Effect of anthropogenic light on bird movement, habitat selection, and distribution: a systematic map protocol

Database/citation indexing service Institutional subscription Search fields Search string Screening platform
Web of Science Core Collection University of Alberta Topic (includes title, abstract, author keywords, and keywords plus) TS=(*Bird* OR Avian OR Ave$) AND TS=(Light* OR Laser* OR Strobe$ OR Streetlight* OR Headlight$ OR Spotlight* OR Lamp$ OR Beacon$ OR Beam$ OR Flash* OR Flare$ OR Flaring OR Reflector$ OR Ceilometer$) * Zotero/Microsoft Excel
Web of Science Zoological Record University of Alberta Topic (includes title, book title, abstract, broad terms, descriptors data, super taxa, systematics, taxa notes) Zotero/Microsoft Excel
Conservation evidence Open access NA Screen all articles in “Bird Conservation” category Microsoft Word
Crop protection compendium University of Alberta All fields, organism descriptor od:bird* AND (Light* OR Laser* OR Strobe$ OR Streetlight* OR Headlight$ OR Spotlight* OR Lamp$ OR Beacon$ OR Beam$ OR Flash* OR Flare$ OR Flaring OR Reflector$ OR Ceilometer$) Microsoft Word
Proquest dissertations and theses global University of Alberta Anywhere except full text noft(Bird* OR Avian OR Ave$) AND noft(Light* OR Laser* OR Strobe$ OR Streetlight* OR Headlight$ OR Spotlight* OR Lamp$ OR Beacon$ OR Beam$ OR Flash* OR Flare$ OR Flaring OR Reflector$ OR Ceilometer$) Zotero/Microsoft Excel
Open access theses and dissertations Open access Any field (Bird* OR Avian OR Ave$) AND (Light* OR Laser* OR Strobe$ OR Streetlight* OR Headlight$ OR Spotlight* OR Lamp$ OR Beacon$ OR Beam$ OR Flash* OR Flare$ OR Flaring OR Reflector$ OR Ceilometer$) Microsoft Word
Artificial light at night (ALAN) research literature database Open access Title, abstract, and keywords Bird*, Avian, and Aves searched one-at-a-time in each field Zotero/Microsoft Excel
Tethys knowledge base (for renewable energy) Open access Receptor, stressor Receptor: birds Stressor: lighting Microsoft Word
  1. * We will also search the Web of Science Core Collection using the expanded population search string (Additional file 3). Using a Microsoft Excel macro, we will extract from these results and screen only articles which a) lack an abstract or keywords and b) do not contain “bird*”, “avian,” or “ave$” in their title