When you do a scoping search it can be hard to extract the keywords attached to records in the search result. To get an overview of those keywords, you can use a visualization tool like VOSviewer
. There are more tools like this one, but for this module we focus on VOSviewer.
The keyword map created by VOSviewer can reveal previously unknown keywords. This can help you to broaden your search. The map also takes into account the co-occurence of keywords. Keywords that appear together are added to the same clusters and get the same color. These colors can help you identify different subtopics within a topic (for example a particular treatment or particular population). This can help you to focus your search.
In the video Introduction to VOSviewer (11:00), one of the developers of VOSviewer, Nees Jan van Eck of Leiden University, explains how to use the tool.