Systematic Reviews

Library Support for Systematic Reviews

The Library offers support for researchers who are conducting systematic reviews and other evidence synthesis projects (scoping reviews, integrative reviews, rapid reviews, etc.).

If you would like to consult with a librarian on your review project, please email your subject librarian.

Frequently Asked Questions

How the Library Can Support Systematic Reviews

Guidance on the Systematic Review Process

A librarian can offer guidance on:

Search Strategy Consultation

A librarian can:

Search Implementation

Conducting a systematic search requires a significant amount of time, as well as knowledge about the systematic review process and disciplinary information resources. When the Library has the necessary staff availability and expertise, a librarian can:
Process Timeline

Build the search strategy and conduct the searches in selected databases.

  • Note: this does not include searching the gray literature or hand-searching journals. These steps require the expertise of a subject specialist.

Building a systematic search is a collaborative process between a librarian and the subject specialist(s).

This process will require at least two face-to-face (or video conference) meetings to identify appropriate databases, search terms, and “gold standard” papers against which to test the search strategy.

Approximately 4-8 weeks

Document the search strategy and results, including the PRISMA flow diagram. Approximately 2 weeks
Deliver the search results in a format that fits your screening workflow (Zotero or another citation manager, Rayyan or another systematic review application, Excel, etc.) Approximately 2 weeks
Review the methodology section of the manuscript and offer suggestions. Approximately 2-4 weeks (includes time for reviewing multiple drafts if necessary)