The final step is to write your methodology to report how you approached your literature search and found appropriate studies. In the methodology you have to clearly document your search process, so that other researchers can reproduce your search and retrieve the same results.
A methodology must include:
The search strategies that you applied across the databases (check your search history) can be added as an appendix to the document. This provides additional details on:
The PRISMA statement is a guideline to help authors improve the reporting of systematic reviews by outlining what needs to be included in a systematic review. The Methods section covers what should be included in your methodology. The statement can be used for other types of research, as well as systematic reviews.
Here is an example of a completed PRISMA Flow Diagram.
The purpose of the diagram is to demonstrate the stages you went through to select relevant and eligible research papers, from those you found from your literature search, which you are going to use for your own dissertation/research paper.
The following numbers outline what should be added in the different boxes in the diagram. Anything which is not relevant to you can be left blank: