Available Until 6/30/2027

Introduction to Systematic Reviews for Librarians (six hours)


For more information or to schedule this course, please contact Susan Fowler <fowler@wustl.edu>.

In this face-to-face course, librarians will learn the history and current state of systematic reviews, how systematic reviews are different from other types of reviews, and what their role can be based on current guidelines. Librarians will learn methods for reference interviews, building search strategies, organization, and reporting methods specific to systematic reviews.

Resource URL: http://beckerguides.wustl.edu/SystematicReviews

Learning Objectives

Participants will be prepared to define their role in systematic reviews when they return to their institutions. Participants will have several resources available to them to aid them and will be prepared to support their institution's systematic review research.


Introductions and Warm Up - 15 min (Sharing/Self-disclosure) 
History – 2.5 min (Didactic with slides) Current state – 2.5 min (Didactic with slides)
Types of Studies - 15 min (Didactic with slides, Class Discussion)
Librarians' Role - 15 min (Class Discussion)
Break - 10 min Current Guidelines - 5 min (Didactic with slides and Handouts)
Resources: databases and grey literature - 15 min (Didactic with slides, Class Discussion)
Reference Interviews - 15 min (Didactic with slides, Class Discussion, Demonstration, and Handout)
Harvesting Terms - 15 min (Didactic with slides, Class Discussion, Demonstration)
Break - 10 min
Harvesting Terms - 55 min (Hands 0n, Class Discussion)
Search Strategies - 25 min (Didactic with slides, Class Discussion, Demonstration, Hands 0n)
Break - 10 min Organization - 20 min (Didactic with slides, Class Discussion)
Field Notes - 10 min (Didactic with slides)
Reporting Methods - 10 min (Didactic with slides)
Apprasing Quality of Search Strategies using PRESS Guidelines - 90 min. (Hands on)
Wrap Up and Final Questions - 10 min (Class Discussion) 

Facility Requirements

Internet and computer access.

MLA CE Credits: 6