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Systematic Reviews: Librarian Collaboration

Librarian Collaboration

The Institute of Medicine recommends that systematic review teams “work with a librarian or other information specialist trained in performing systematic reviews to plan the search strategy.” (Standard 3.1.1

Selected Gumberg librarians are expert searchers with advanced training on how to conduct comprehensive literature searches for systematic reviews. By meeting with the librarians during the earliest stages of planning, they can help you develop and conduct the complex literature searches required for systematic reviews.

Some specific ways that the librarians can help you include:

  • Determining if a systematic review has already been done on your proposed topic
  • Recommending specific databases and other information sources.
  • Collaborating with you to translate your research question into reproducible search strategies for relevant databases.
  • Conducting the literature searches.
  • Delivering search results in formats that can work with citation management tools and other systematic review software.
  • Writing the search methodology section of the review
  • Maintaining records of search steps and results and update searches as needed.

If you would like a librarian to participate in your systematic review, please complete this form.