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Systematic Reviews: Library Services

A guide to understanding and creating systematic reviews.

Eligibility

Systematic review service is available to faculty, residents, fellows, and post-docs. To begin, fill out the online request form.

Students needing help with systematic reviews can contact liaison librarians to learn about the process.

Basic Service

  • Provide overview of the systematic review (SR) process
  • Inform researcher of SR standards (IOM, PRISMA, Cochrane)
  • Assist researcher with formulating the research question
  • Suggest databases for searching
  • 1 meeting required

Full Service

  • Provide overview of the systematic review (SR) process
  • Inform researcher of SR standards (IOM, PRISMA, Cochrane)
  • Assist researcher with formulating the research question
  • Suggest databases for searching
  • Design the main search strategy
  • Translate the search across multiple databases
  • Conduct the search in multiple databases
  • De-duplicate and merge the citations
  • Deliver citations in preferred citation management software (EndNote, Refworks, etc)
  • Provide basic guidance on screening process
  • Provide researcher with several documents to include in publication (partially completed PRISMA flowchart, Citation Data Tracking, and search strategies)
  • Assist in writing Methods section for publication
  • Instruct how to obtain full text of articles through ILL if necessary
  • Run update of searches prior to publication (as required by standards)
  • At least 5 meetings required (once a month recommended)
  • Librarian listed as contributing author is required for this option