Available Until 6/16/2027

Systematic Review Course for Health Sciences Librarians

Health sciences librarians add immense value as part of a systematic review team. This face-to-face course will help librarians develop the skill sets to conduct a systematic review and to market these skills to practitioners, faculty, and researchers at their home institutions. The course will prepare librarians to understand the role of systematic reviews in evidence-based health care and to gain the knowledge and skills to conduct an exhaustive and reproducible literature search, analyze the results for completeness, and provide results in an appropriate format. In addition to providing instruction in best practices for conducting a systematic review, the course will also provide an opportunity for gaining knowledge in developing a strategic plan for promoting the librarian’s role on systematic review teams.

Learning Objectives

  • Become familiar with common types of systematic reviews and types of research studies in biomedical literature.
  • Gain knowledge about primary and secondary resources for published studies and identify sources for unpublished studies and grey literature.
  • Learn strategies for assessing database quality and relevance and for data management and reporting.
  • Develop advocacy toolkit/action plan for promoting librarian role on systematic review teams.


8 online modules will be completed in advance of two-day workshop.

Workshop, Day One: Introductions, 1 hour; Getting involved, 1 hour; Choosing databases, 2 hours; Search strategies I, 1 hour; 
Search strategies II, 1 hour. Workshop, Day Two: Data management and reporting, 90 minutes; Writing the methods section, 30 minutes; Establishing expertise, 90 minutes;
Publication bias II, 60 minutes; Lightning round presentations, 2 hours; Wrap up and evaluation, 30 minutes.

Facility Requirements

An instructor workstation and projection for PowerPoint slides, computers for participants, and Internet access.

MLA CE Credits
: 20