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Systematic Review Service

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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:


  • 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

If you would like to setup an initial consultation meeting, please contact

***The Searching and Methodology services described below are not available at this time.***

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


  • 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


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

Subject Specialist

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Deb Werner
Librarian for Science Instruction & Outreach and Biomedical Reference Librarian
John Crerar Library
Room 154