Available Until 12/31/2024

Troubleshooting Systematic Reviews: Refining the Research Question (Recording)

How do you judge when a scoping review rather than a systematic review is appropriate? What reference interview questions best help refine a research question for a feasible study? Join Margaret Foster, AHIP, and Sarah Jewell, co-editors of Assembling the Pieces of a Systematic Review: A Guide for Librarians, for the first of two webinars that address these and other troublesome questions that all librarians interested in consulting on systematic reviews will want to be able to answer.The series addresses a variety of scenarios and offers you ways to develop strategies tailored to your setting. The webinars are interactive and allow you to learn from other participants, as well as from Foster and Jewell. #MLASystematic

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

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Generate reference interview questions to assist researchers in refining their research question 
  • Tell when a scoping review versus a systematic review is appropriate.
  • Identify sources to search for related reviews or protocols
  • Assist researchers in identifying research gaps


All health information professionals, experienced or novice, who consult or plan to consult on systematic reviews. Managers of systematic review services may want to incorporate these troubleshooting techniques into their trainings.


Margaret Foster, AHIP

Margaret Foster, AHIP, is an associate professor at Texas A&M University–College Station and serves as the systematic reviews coordinator at the Medical Sciences Library. She has published twenty articles applying or describing systematic review methods and evidence based practices and has developed a popular continuing education course on systematic reviews that has trained over 300 librarians.

Sarah T. Jewell

Sarah T. Jewell, head of the Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center Library in the Bronx, NY, has been conducting systematic reviews since 2010. She helped launch the systematic review service at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Library in 2010, and more recently spearheaded the formalization of the systematic review service at Rutgers University Libraries.

Registration Information

  • Length: 1.5 hour recorded webinar
  • Technical information: After you have registered, go to My Learning in MEDLIB-ED to access the live webinar, resources, evaluation, and certificate.
  • Register, participate, and earn 1.5 MLA continuing education (CE) contact hours and 1.5 Illinois CNE contact hours.


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