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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
Resource URL: http://www.hsls.pitt.edu/systematicreview/
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
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