Available Until 10/31/2028

Systematic Review Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts for Librarians*

This course is currently not in circulation for registration. 

A panel of expert searchers, comprised of members of the HSLS Systematic Review Group, will provide attendees of this face-to-face workshop with a framework for the completion of a systematic review, with special emphasis on successful completion of the literature search process.

Topics covered include:

1) Understanding the structure and purpose of systematic reviews

2) The reference interview and communication issues

3) Approaches to comprehensive literature searching

4) Project organization

This course is not designed to provide in-depth or advanced training in the searching of specific databases. Rather, participants will acquire an understanding of the theory and practice of systematic reviews and librarians’ role(s) in the systematic review process.

Resource URLhttp://www.hsls.pitt.edu/systematicreview/

Learning 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.


Day 1	
Course overview with introductions: 30 min	
Method: sharing & disclosure	
Introduction to systematic reviews: 75 min
Method: slides/didactic, discussion, dialog, iClickers
Study design and systematic reviews: 45 min
Method: slides/didactic, discussion
break (approximately 60 minutes after start of second session): 15 min	
lunch break: 60 min	
Librarian as collaborator: 45 min	
Method: sharing & disclosure, iClickers	
The reference interview: Its importance and techniques: 90 min	
Method: slides, dialog, sharing & disclosure	
break: 15 min	
Publication bias: 40 min	
Method: Slides/discussion, iClickers	
daily wrap-up: 15 min 

Day 2	
Choosing databases: 60 min	
Method: slides/didactic, sharing & disclosure, hands-on exercise	
Harvesting search terms: 120 min	
Method: slides/didactic, hands-on exercise, discussion	
break (after approximately 60 minutes): 15 min
lunch break: 60 min	
Methodology filters: 45 min	
Method: slides/didactic, discussion	
Grey literature: 135 min	
Method: slides/discussion, iClickers, hands-on exercise	
break (after approximately 60 minutes): 15 min
daily wrap-up: 15 min

Day 3 (half day)	
Handsearching: 30 min
Method: slides/discussion, iClickers	
break: 15 min 
Project management - search terminology & results: 60 min	
Method: dialog, sharing & disclosure	
Writing the methods section: 45 min	
Method: slides/didactic	
Final wrap-up/evaluation: 30 min	

Facility Requirements

This class will be held in facilities provided by the Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh. The primary classroom will be set up in a manner to facilitate discussion, disclosure, and sharing. For the case study and hands-on exercises, students will have access to state-of-the-art computer labs providing access to the Internet and selected electronic resources and software.

MLA CE Credits: 20