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 ProcessA librarian can offer guidance on:
- Selecting the most appropriate review type for your research question and resources
- Learning how the systematic review process works
- Choosing the most appropriate tools for your project (citation managers, systematic review software, etc.)
- Learning how to write and register a review protocol
Search Strategy ConsultationA librarian can:
- Recommend databases and search terms
- Suggest strategies for searching the gray literature (conference abstracts, reports, etc.)
- Offer advice about documenting your search strategy and results
- Review your draft search strategy and offer suggestions
- Train your team on getting full-text articles
- Train your team on setting up shared libraries with citation management software
Search ImplementationConducting 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:
Build the search strategy and conduct the searches in selected databases.
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)|