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Systematic Reviews

A guide for finding standards, procedures, resources, and assistance in supporting systematic searches of the biomedical literature.

Library Support for Systematic Reviews

Library faculty can advise your research team on all aspects of the systematic review process, including identification of information sources, selection of search terms, and reference management strategies. To arrange a consultation Ask the Library.

The Institute of Medicine recommends the involvement of an information professional when conducting a systematic review [1].  A library faculty member can join your research team to assist with:

•    Development or refinement of review topic
•    Identification of databases for searches
•    Development and execution of searches
•    Documentation of search strategies
•    Selection of a citation management strategy
•    Writing the literature search section in manuscript Methods
•    Review of other manuscript sections or final draft
•    Updating searches as needed

The decision for a library faculty member to join your research team, as a collaborator should be decided early in the process.  As a member of the research team, co-authorship on the resulting publication is common practice and expected.


1. Finding What Works in Health Care: Standards for Systematic Reviews. Consensus Report. Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, 2011 March 23.