Systematic Review Series offered at Health Sciences Library

This spring, catch one or all of the Research Hub @ HSL’s six-part series on systematic reviews. The sessions will provide an introduction and walk attendees through topic refinement, power searching, tracking references, study selection and presentation of results.

The Research Hub @ the Health Sciences Library (HSL) is proud to present a new six-part series of classes on systematic reviews, the latest addition to its Accelerate Your Research Series. Each session in the series will walk attendees through one portion of the systematic review process, such as refining a topic or selecting studies to include in a review. Researchers, faculty, graduate students and post-docs can register for each of the classes in advance.

HSL librarians Brenda Linares, MLIS, Rachael Posey, MSLS and Jennifer Walker, MLS, will teach the classes. Learn more about the systematic review series and visit a guide on the topic.

Click the linked dates below to add individual sessions to your calendar.

Session #1: Introduction to Systematic Reviews

Date: February 12, 2015

Time: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Location: HSL Collaboration Center (Room 227)

Covers:

  • The purpose of systematic reviews and why you may want to do one
  • Choosing between a systematic review, a meta-analysis and a narrative review
  • How to read and appraise a systematic review
  • Documentation to look for in a systematic review

Session #2: Too many questions: Refining your topic

Date: February 26, 2015

Time: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Location: HSL Room 307

Covers:

  • Topics that are suited for a systematic review compared to other methodologies
  • Checking for topic originality
  • Framing and scoping your topic
  • Defining your PICO
  • Framing your Key Question(s)

Session #3: Power Searching: Searching for Published & Grey Literature

Date: March 19, 2015

Time: 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Location: HSL 307

Covers:

  • The difference between a systematic review search and a general literature search
  • Where to search – general and subject-specific databases
  • Grey Literature -- what it is and why it’s important
  • Creating a systematic search
  • Harnessing controlled vocabulary
  • Exporting search results to citation managers

Session #4: Who Moved my Citations? Tracking References and Studies

Date: March 26, 2015

Time: 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Location: HSL 307

Covers:

  • Using citation managers for systematic reviews (EndNote and RefWorks)
  • Exporting from your citation manager to Excel
  • Tracking studies from initial searches through final include/exclude decisions
  • Creating your PRISMA tree

Session #5: Is this a Good Study? Study Selection and Assessment

Date: April 16, 2015

Time: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Location: HSL Collaboration Center (Room 227)

Covers:

  • Review process for title/abstract and full-text selection
  • Rating quality of studies
  • Strength of evidence methodologies
  • Resources for screening, data abstraction, and data analysis

Session #6: Putting it Together: Presenting your Results

Date: April 23, 2015

Time: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Location: Collaboration Center (Room 227)

Covers:

  • Sections to include in your publication
  • Creating forest plots and funnel plots
  • Evidence tables - what they should contain and how to set them up
  • What to include in your appendices and supplements

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