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.)
If you would like to setup an initial consultation meeting, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
***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)