About this guide
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.
If you have never conducted a systematic review, we recommend that you first browse the guide to familiarize yourself with the basic principles of systematic reviews. If you would like to request assistance with a systematic review, please use our request system and review the Memorandum of Understanding that outlines the roles and responsibilities of both the Librarian and the Requestor during the Systematic Review Process. . If you have any questions regarding the process or service, please contact Kerry Sewell (firstname.lastname@example.org) or using the Ask A Librarian by Email form.
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). Systematic reviews, when conducted appropriately, can help ensure informed decision-making for patient care, healthcare systems operations, and health policy.
There are many elements to systematic reviews, but some of the key components of a properly conducted systematic review include:
Support provided by Laupus Library's Systematic Review Service in the Systematic Review process:
**Developing and conducting database-specific searches is a lengthy process which may take one to two months or more. Please involve the librarian in the early stages of planning your review**
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.