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Table 1 Search specifications for each database or search engine (DSE)

From: How does sediment exposure affect corals? A systematic review protocol

DSE Category

DSE Name (Abbrev.)

DSE Scope

Search specification(s)

Search dates

Bibliographic databases:

1. Web of Science (WoS), All Databases

General science

Topic (titles, authors, abstracts, keywords); ‘All Databases’ include: (a) WoS Core Collection (SCI-EXPANDED, ESCI), (b) Biological Abstracts, (c) SciELO Citation Index, and (d) Zoological Record

All years (1950–present)


General academic

Abstract, All content

Any time

3. Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA)

Aquatic and marine science


Any time

4. Dissertations and Theses Global (PQDT)

Global dissertations and theses


Any time

Organizational databases:

5. James Cook University One Search (JCU)

Australian university dissertations and theses

Abstract, Dissertation/Thesis

Any time

6. ReefBase

Proceedings of the International Coral Reef Symposium

Title; also Keywords for taxon-specific search terms

Any time


United States federal government science

Full record (no ‘Abstract’ option)

Any time

8. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) Elibrary

Australian federal government science

All of ELibrary, Type = Report

Any time

9. Western Australia Marine Science Institute’s Dredging Science Node (WAMSI DSN)

Australian non-governmental reports

All reports and research articles listed at [38]

Any time