The Systematic Review Service at the Distributed eLibrary is designed to connect researchers and healthcare providers with librarians who are knowledgeable about the systematic review process, and able to provide the expert searching that is essential for creating high quality systematic reviews.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends that those undertaking a systematic review, “work with a librarian or other information specialist trained in performing systematic reviews to plan the search strategy.” (Standard 3.1.1)
It is recommended that librarians be included from the outset in the systematic review process. This because: 1) librarians can provide important input regarding the assignation of tasks, timeline generation, etc., and 2) search construction and database searching takes three to eight months (for more information on systematic review timelines, see the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions), so bringing in a librarian right at the beginning of the process can translate into the review being completed at the earliest possible date.
Below are some of the ways a librarian can be of assistance with a systematic review:
A librarian’s part in the systematic review process represents a significant scholarly contribution to the research project. As such, it is expected that a librarian participating in a systematic review will be named as a co-author in the final manuscript of the review or a co-investigator or consultant in a grant proposal.
For more information on Systematic Reviews, please explore the rest of our Systematic Review Subject Guide.
To request librarian participation in your systematic review project, please click on the "Request Assistance" link below. A librarian will be in touch with you shortly thereafter.
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