Available Until 12/31/2024

Three Things To Know About Systematic Reviews (Recording)

If you work on a systematic review team or plan to, you’ll want to know three important things: the essential features and purpose of a systematic review, how systematic reviews differ from scoping reviews, rapid reviews, informal reviews and other review types, and how to determine if a systematic review on a topic is needed.

This basic knowledge is key to your success as a review team member and consultant. Subject matter experts, medical staff and statisticians eager to contribute a systematic review to the scholarly literature probably don’t know them. Your knowledge of them can save a team time and embarrassment and give you increased stature and authority.

Julie Glanville, a co-instructor on one of MLA’s most popular advanced searching courses and recognized expert on systematic review searching methods, will be your guide to learning:

  • the key features of the systematic review method and the research questions systematic reviews are best able to answer
  • how to efficiently locate published systematic reviews on a topic
  • how to evaluate the quality of a review to determine if a new and better one is needed

When you register for the webinar, you’ll have access to brief readings and questions that will be discussed in the webinar. During the webinar, you’ll learn from presentations and discussions.

You’ll leave with new skills and knowledge that will help you raise your profile in your institution, advance in your career, and increase the satisfaction and confidence that comes from knowing you are good at what you do!

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

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Describe the essential features and purpose of a systematic review
  • Explain what distinguishes systematic reviews from other review types
  • Locate existing reviews
  • List the key checklists for appraising the quality of systematic reviews, which can help you to determine whether a review is fit for your needs or whether a new systematic review is required


Health sciences librarians and other health information professionals who consult with researchers on reviews, who are on review teams, or plan to work with researchers.


Julie Glaville, MCLIP

Julie Glanville, MCLIP, is a UK-based independent information consultant focusing on consultation, training, and research in information retrieval and strategy design and a co-manager of the SuRe Info resource and the ISSG Search Filters Resource. Julie is an experienced trainer on systematic review information retrieval topics, and she has offered MLA courses for many years. Julie is also a researcher with many publications on systematic review methods, a co-author of the Cochrane Handbook chapter on searching for studies, and a contributor to systematic review guidance for several organizations, including the UK Centre for Reviews and Dissemination and the European Food Safety Authority.

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.

MLA CE Credits: 1.5

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