According to the Institute of Medicine Standards for Systematic Reviews, the systematic review team should work with a librarian during the following steps:
|3.1.1||Work with a librarian or other information specialist trained in performing systematic reviews to plan the search strategy|
|3.1.2||Design the search strategy to address each key research question|
|3.1.3||Use an independent librarian or other information specialist to peer review the search strategy|
In addition to the standards outlined by the Institute of Medicine, a trained librarian can help with numerous steps throughout the planning, conducting, and reporting phases of your systematic review. With our specialized knowledge of the systematic review process, we can save you time and confusion by providing guidance on the systematic review process and the best practices for many of the steps along the way, as well as actively helping to develop and refine your topic, create systematic literature searches of all relevant databases, search the grey literature, and provide information for your PRISMA figure and Methods section.
The librarians at the Health Sciences Library support the needs of UNC students and researchers conducting systematic reviews, comparative effectiveness reviews, and meta-analyses. Services range from Tier 1 Services, including basic consultations and trainings, to Tier 2 Services with a high level of involvement. In Tier 2 there is an expectation of authorship credit, grant funding, or the librarian becoming otherwise involved as a review team member, depending on the project and level of involvement. Our services are free to UNC affiliates, but providing funding guarantees a librarian will be able to devote a specific number of hours to contribute to your team.
To discuss your SR topic, scope, and timeline, please fill out the Systematic Review Intake Form online. Once your form is submitted, a librarian will be in touch promptly. If you have quick questions about Systematic Reviews, please feel free to contact us via email, phone, or chat. For more information, check out our HSL Systematic Review Services Brochure.
|SR Phase||SR Step||Tier 1 Services||Tier 2 Services|
|Development of Eligibility Criteria||
|Protocol Creation & Registration||
|Conducting||Searching for Studies||