Available Until 12/31/2024

Systematic Reviews for Beginners: How Librarian Participation Creates Better Evidence (Recording)

If you are wondering why systematic reviews are so important to researchers, clinicians, and policymakers and how you can play an important role in the systematic review process, this webinar is for you.

You’ll learn the purpose and process of conducting systematic reviews, with an emphasis on the librarian's role in supporting reviews, start to finish. You’ll understand why systematic reviews are more rigorous than other types of reviews and why this increased rigour puts them at the top of evidence pyramids.

You’ll begin to develop fundamental skills in conducting reviews through hands-on exercises. Systematic review librarians are typically accountable for the evidence gathering stage of a review, and you will practice key skills in this area by selecting databases and peer reviewing a systematic review search strategy.

You’ll leave the session with a sense of whether this area of health sciences librarianship is for you and with knowledge, resources, and tools to continue your professional development in this important area of health sciences librarianship.

This is a required course for Level I of the Systematic Review Services Specialization.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Define a systematic review and explain how it differs from other review types

  • Identify key characteristics of and standards for high-quality reviews and review search strategies

  • Describe the librarian's role a systematic review and identify key tools and approaches used at each stage of the review

  • Apply transferable information skills to select databases and other search tools and sources for systematic reviews

  • Identify options for professional reviewer certification open to librarians from leading local and international systematic review collaboratives


Students and early career health librarians in academia, hospitals, and health research agencies who are interested in working on systematic review teams.


PresenterAllison McArthur

Allison McArthur is an Information Specialist at Public Health Ontario (PHO), a provincial health research agency that provides scientific and technical advice to stakeholders in government, public health, health care, and related sectors. Since 2012, she has supported PHO scientists in conducting all types of synthesis research, and she has been involved in many systematic reviews from service provision to contributorship to co-authorship. She has completed Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Certification from the Joanna Briggs Institute (Queen's Collaboration for Health Care Quality, 2018) and has delivered review methods consultation and instruction to library students, librarians, and researchers across Ontario.

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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