Target audience: Medical librarians

Prerequisites: Prior training or experience in searching bibliographic databases

Level of instruction: Intermediate

Educational objectives:
Upon completion participants will be able to:

  • Define what systematic reviews are and detail their importance within a health sciences setting
  • Discuss the types of systematic reviews and associated studies and detail how these types can impact the direction of the reference interview
  • List suggested questions that should be included in a systematic review reference interview
  • Provide a rationale for inclusion of librarians on systematic review research teams as co-investigators/co-authors
  • Identify potential databases to be included in a systematic review, depending on the topic
  • Utilize a standardized approach to collecting relevant search terminology, including both controlled vocabulary and key words
  • Explain methodology filters and their uses
  • Provide approaches for identifying grey literature, clinical trial databases, and conference proceedings and abstracts
  • Discuss the process of handsearching and detail how electronic searching may have changed this manual process
  • Suggest methods for project organization, search delivery, and reference management