Available Until 8/15/2024

Piecing Together a Review Service: Part 1 – Practical Guidance on How to Conduct Initial Consults*

For more information or to schedule this course, please contact Margaret Foster, AHIP, at margaretfoster@tamu.edu . 

Being able to consult with review authors is a frequently listed skill in medical librarian positions with the most complicated stage of reviews being the initial consult This workshop is designed to provide a list of steps that can be used in these consults to ensure the review project’s success and to begin developing the protocol. Detailed steps on how to determine the appropriate type of review, frame a research question, and work with client to define the scope will be provided. Participants will have the opportunity to work on individual exercises, group work, and class discussions.

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

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Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • List the characteristics of the main types of literature reviews: narrative, scoping, and systematic reviews.
    List steps to determine the feasibility of a review project.
  • Use appropriate frameworks to develop research questions for systematic reviews and scoping review.
  • Describe how to select search criteria.


Part 1: Overview of review types and projects (1st hour)

Introductions and objectives (10 min)

  Individual activity 1 : list 3 questions about review consult (5 min)

Overview of review projects and types of reviews (20 min)

  Group exercise 1 (20 min)

Part 2: Determining the feasibility of a review question (2nd hour

Framing research questions (15 min)

  Individual activity 2: framing questions (5 min)

Utilizing previous reviews (15 min)

  Group exercise 2: Determining rationale for a review (15 min)

5-10 min break

Part 3: Scoping search for potential studies (3rd hour)

Concepts to be included in search (10 min)

  Individual activity 3: selecting concepts (5 min)

Evaluating searches (10 min)

  Group exercise 3: screening example (15 min)

Bringing all the pieces together (15 min)

Wrap-up: Evaluation form (5 min)

MLA CE Credits: 3