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Systematic Review Service

Systematic Review Service

Starting to write a systematic review?  The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends working with an information professional when conducting a systematic review.  In addition, a JAMA article titled "Engaging Medical Librarians to Improve the Quality of Review Articles", explains the value of having a medical librarian as part of your review team.

The UChicago biomedical librarians are available to assist with:

Consultations

  • Discuss different types of reviews (e.g. systematic, narrative, etc.)
  • Help formulate the research question
  • Verify question has not recently been addressed in a systematic review
  • Advise on reporting standards and best practices (e.g. PRISMA Guidelines, Cochrane, IOM etc.)
  • Advise on database selection
  • Train on use of database platforms
  • Train on use of citation management tools
  • Train on obtaining full-text of published papers
  • Discuss software tools for organizing systematic reviews (e.g. Distiller, Covidence, etc.)

Protocol Development

 

The following services constitute a major contribution to the review and require librarian co-authorship:

Searching

  • Identify keywords and controlled vocabulary terms
  • Develop formal, comprehensive search strategies
  • Translate strategies for each database
  • Conduct searches in multiple databases
  • Export results to citation management tool, including de-duplication
  • Document and save search strategies

Methodology

  • Write methods section on search strategy and its execution
  • Format appendix with search strategy from selected database(s)

If you would like to setup an initial consultation meeting, please contact biomed@lib.uchicago.edu.

Contact Information

Ricardo Andrade
Biomedical Librarian
Crerar Library Room 128
773-702-8759

Deb Werner
Biomedical Reference Librarian
Crerar Library Room 127
773-702-8552

Michelle Bass
Science Research Services Librarian
Crerar Library Room 131
773-702-8774

Email Ricardo, Deb, and Michelle