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Literature Searching for Systematic Reviews In-Person

Are you doing systematic review research? If so, the literature search can be daunting. This session will brreak down the search process into manageable steps. Systematic reviews use replicable methods in the literature search process and attempt to find all relevant evidence to answer a specific research question. They typically (but not always) include analysis such as meta-analysis or meta-synthesis. In this session, we'll just be focused on the literature search part of the review, but we'll also talk about developing the research question. You’ll need different tools and/or approaches to the search process depending on your discipline/research question. This session will cover general concepts, and we’ll also look at discipline specific information based on attendees fields of study or specific research questions.

In this session, we’ll learn how to: 

  • Find systematic reviews 
  • Find resources to help you with your systematic review protocol 
  • Focus your research question using tools such as PICO 
  • Learn how to decide which databases/resources to search
  • Learn term harvesting techniques to find the best search terms 
  • Use Boolean logic and/or other search techniques to create a search strategy for your systematic review research question 
  • Write the correct search syntax based on database platform 
  • Do citation tracking  
  • Find grey literature 
  • Describe your search process in a replicable way (part of your methodology) 
  • Export large search results (citation and abstract/bibliographic info only) 
Tuesday, February 14, 2023
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Classroom 1, Library North 1
Downtown Campus Library
  Graduate Students  
  Student Success  

Registration is required. There are 48 seats available.

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Denise George