Work with a librarian or other information specialist trained in performing systematic reviews to plan the search strategy
Design the search strategy to address each key research question
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 possibility of the librarian becoming involved as a review team member, depending on the level of involvement. Our services are free to UNC affiliates, but providing funding guarantees a librarian will devote a specific number of hours to contribute to your team.