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Introduction

This guide is intended to provide students, staff, and faculty researchers with an overview of the Systematic Review Service provided by Laupus Library, along with how Systematic Reviews differ from other review types, and the processes involved in Systematic Reviews.

Laupus Library's Systematic Reviews Service

Support provided by Laupus Library's Systematic Review Service in the Systematic Review process:

  • Determine the scope of the topic and identify any previous systematic reviews published on the topic
  • Develop an appropriate search strategy for the research question by collaborating with investigator(s) to ensure all relevant studies are identified, including:
    • Translating the search concepts into controlled vocabulary and keywords in order to create a precise but comprehensive search strategy;
    • Recommending the specific databases, grey literature, and other information sources appropriate for your topic; and
    • Conducting the literature searches in the identified databases and other sites
  • Share any and all information gained from the literature search
  • Maintain documentation of the search strategy and results in each of the databases
  • Write the literature search methodology section
  • Train researchers to use systematic review management software, if desired
  • Assist with other aspects of the writing process, as requested

**Developing and conducting database-specific searches is a lengthy process which may take a month long or more. Please involve the librarian in the early stages of planning your review**‚Äč

Laupus Library will also provide support for other review types. Requests for assistance with other reviews may be directed to the Systematic Review Service, or sent directly to the Liaison Librarian assigned to your College or School.

Key Components of a Systematic Review

What is a Systematic Review, anyway?

A Systematic Review is a "review of a clearly formulated question that uses systematic and explicit methods to identify, select and critically appraise relevant research, and to collect and analyse data from the studies that are included in the review" (Cochrane Collaboration).

There are many elements to systematic reviews, but some of the key components of a properly conducted systematic review include:

•A carefully thought out, defined question
•An investigative team
•A study protocol
•A systematic search strategy across multiple databases and using multiple search methods
•Clear, replicable reporting of how the search was structured and quality assessments applied

Request a Systematic Review

If you would like to request assistance with a systematic review or have any questions regarding the process or service, please contact us at hslsrs@ecu.edu.

The Memorandum of Understanding (below) outlines the roles and responsibilities of both the Librarian and the Requestor during the Systematic Review Process.