Library Support for Systematic Reviews
NIH Library Librarians and Informationists regularly serve as part of systematic review teams. They are available to consult with you or your team:
- to provide an overview of the systematic review process
- to discuss the scope of a project
- to select the most appropriate type of review
- to focus and refine your research question
- to discuss the organization of a review protocol
- to develop search terminology, strategies, and filters for the literature search
- to identify appropriate databases and other data sources
Additionally, we can aid with other components of a systematic review such as establishing inclusion criteria, selection of software for screening or data extraction, writing and editing of manuscript and other tasks as determined by need and staff knowledge.
NIH Library Librarians and Informationists are skilled at:
- conducting the literature searches
- documenting the search process
- managing the search results
- writing the methodology section of the review according to PRISMA guidelines or other appropriate standards, and
- editing the manuscript to conform to the requirements of the target journal.
These services are provided by Informationists to the institutes and groups with which they regularly work; see the current list of informationist groups to verify if you have access to an Informationists services. All other requests will be assigned a Librarian or Informationist to work with you.