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What is a systematic review?

Cochrane Reviews says that a systematic review "attempts to identify, appraise and synthesize all the empirical evidence that meets pre-specified eligibility criteria to answer a specific research question. Researchers conducting systematic reviews use explicit, systematic methods that are selected with a view aimed at minimizing bias, to produce more reliable findings to inform decision-making."

What can librarians do to support systematic reviews?

  • Advise research team on systematic review process
  • Search for existing reviews on the same topic
  • Select appropriate literature databases
  • Design and execute search strategies
  • Document search process
  • Manage search results and collect citations
  • Write methods section of resulting manuscript

Why include a librarian on a systematic review team?

Studies have shown that teams that include a librarian write more comprehensive and reproducible reviews than teams without a librarian. This research demonstrates that studies that included a librarian searched more widely and comprehensively and that reporting of the search strategy and other details of the search process are improved.

The participation of a librarian on a research team is recommended or required by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Cochrane, and Campbell Collaboration.

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Head of the Center for Faculty Initiatives and Engagement

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