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Systematic Reviews

This is a guide for learning about systematic reviews.

Evidence Synthesis Consultations

As of Fall 2023, AU Library is currently piloting an consultation service for evidence synthesis projects. This means we're available to help you with the following: 

  • Understand the processes and steps involved 
  • Determine if there are existing reviews on your topic 
  • Develop and/or refine your topic 
  • Develop and help register your protocol 
  • Discuss search strategies 
  • Identify relevant databases 
  • Review search techniques, such as Boolean and proximity operators 

At this point, we are not able to assist with developing and executing searches, documenting search strategies, or producing a written version of search methods used for the manuscript. 

To schedule an appointment, please complete this form. We look forward to meeting with you! 

Why Should You Seek Help from the Library?

Studies have shown that when librarians consult on evidence synthesis projects the quality of the results are higher than those reviews that do not engage library support. 

Koffel J. B. (2015). Use of recommended search strategies in systematic reviews and the impact of librarian involvement: a cross-sectional survey of recent authors. PloS one10(5), e0125931.

Rethlefsen, M. L., Farrell, A. M., Osterhaus Trzasko, L. C., & Brigham, T. J. (2015). Librarian co-authors correlated with higher quality reported search strategies in general internal medicine systematic reviews. Journal of clinical epidemiology68(6), 617–626.