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Systematic Review Service

Are you thinking about writing a systematic review? The Institute of Medicine (IOM) states that the systematic review team should "Work with a librarian or other information specialist trained in performing systematic reviews to plan the search strategy." (Finding What Works in Health Care: Standards for Systematic Reviews, March 2011. Standard 3.1.1)

Librarians at the Biomedical Libraries are expert searchers who support and guide investigators through the systematic review process.

Researchers are encouraged to involve the librarian in the systematic review from the beginning of the project.

We can help you:

  • Determine if a systematic review has already been done on the topic
  • Define (refine) answerable and searchable questions
  • Assist in writing the systematic review protocol
  • Identify appropriate databases and grey literature resources
  • Construct search strategies to ensure all relevant studies are identified
  • Identify and select the appropriate study design filter
  • Execute searches and remove duplicate records from results
  • Deliver search results via EndNote or other citation manager tool
  • Keep track of the data needed for the PRISMA flowchart
  • Set up EndNote to facilitate the citation screening process
  • Write the search methodology section of the systematic review

Request librarian support for your systematic review

Check out our Systematic Review Research Guide 

Last Updated: 1/6/15