Available Until 4/30/2025

Designing Search Strategies for Systematic Reviews: A Hands-on Course*

For more information or to schedule this course, please contact Angela Hardi at ahardi@wustl.edu.

The goal of this course is to provide participants with hands-on experience creating a systematic review search strategy based on the most currently available guidelines and first-hand experience of the course instructors. The course design includes lecture, hands-on exercises, individual and group work, and peer teach-back opportunities. By the end of the two day course participants should be better able to manage a systematic review project, design a systematic review search strategy for multiple databases and grey literature resources, demonstrate how to report search methods, and understand the librarian’s role in a systematic review project.

This course is an approved elective for Level I of the Systematic Review Searching Specialization.

Course URL: https://beckerguides.wustl.edu/SRClassRegistration

Learning Objectives

*Explain the librarian’s role in designing a systematic review search

*Conduct a systematic review consultation

*Design a systematic review search strategy for multiple databases

*Report on methods regarding search design.


Day 1:

Lesson 1: Introduction: 8:30-9:00 

Lesson 2: Guidelines: 9:00-9:45 

Break: 9:45-10:00

Lesson 3: Patron Contact and PICO Plan: 10:00-11:30 

Lunch: 11:30-12:30

Lesson 4: Search Design, Recall, and Bias: 12:30-2:00

Break: 2:00-2:15

Lesson 5: Term Harvesting: 2:15-4:30 


Day 2

Questions and Overview for Day 2: 8:30-8:45 

Lesson 6: Designing Concept Hedges: 8:45-10:30 

Break: 10:30-10:45

Lesson 7: Combining Concept Hedges: 10:45-11:30 

Lunch: 11:30-12:30

Lesson 8: Using Endnote for Systematic Reviews: 12:30-1:00 

This is the new lecture for the course. It will be taught using a lecture/demonstration.

Lesson 9: Grey Literature Resources: 1:00-2:00 

Break: 2:00-2:15

Lesson 10: Writing the Methods Section: 2:15-3:00 

Lesson 11: Wrapping up the Systematic Review, Finals Steps, and Post-Course Evaluations: 3:00-4:30

Additional Evaluation: Participants will be asked to take a pre and post test to help assess the effectiveness of the course content and instruction. They will also be asked to complete course evaluations 1-week and 6-months post course. We will also ask participants to take the MLA course evaluation at the conclusion of the course.

Facility Requirements

Computer lab or similar room where students will have access to a computer and an internet connection

MLA CE Credits: 14