Systematic Review Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts for Librarians

MLA Course
Listing Archived: Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Primary contact information...
Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh
200 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh PA , 15261
United States
Mary Klem is the primary contact.
Phone: 412 383-9947
Fax: 412 648-8819
Resource URL:
Region: Pittsburgh

Description: A panel of expert searchers, comprised of members of the HSLS Systematic Review Group, will provide attendees with a framework for the completion of a systematic review, with special emphasis on successful completion of the literature search process. Sessions will feature a mixture of small and large group discussion, interactive lectures, and hands-on exercises. Topics covered will include: 1) Understanding the structure and purpose of systematic reviews 2) The reference interview and communication issues 3) Approaches to comprehensive literature searching 4) Project organization This course is not designed to provide in-depth or advanced training in the searching of specific databases. Rather, participants will acquire an understanding of the theory and practice of systematic reviews and librarians’ role(s) in the systematic review process.

Experience Level: Intermediate
Continuing Education Experience: Prior lit search training or experience
CE Contact Hours: 20
Professional Competencies: Health Sciences Information Services
Subject: Evidence Based Health Care, Expert Searching, Research
Course Type: Face to Face, Hands-on

Educational Objective: Upon completion participants will be able to: • Define what systematic reviews are and detail their importance within a health sciences setting • Discuss the types of systematic reviews and associated studies and detail how these types can impact the direction of the reference interview • List suggested questions that should be included in a systematic review reference interview • Provide a rationale for inclusion of librarians on systematic review research teams as co-investigators/co-authors • Identify potential databases to be included in a systematic review, depending on the topic • Utilize a standardized approach to collecting relevant search terminology, including both controlled vocabulary and key words • Explain methodology filters and their uses • Provide approaches for identifying grey literature, clinical trial databases, and conference proceedings and abstracts • Discuss the process of handsearching and detail how electronic searching may have changed this manual process • Suggest methods for project organization, search delivery, and reference management.


Day 1		
Course overview with introductions: 30 min	
Method: sharing & disclosure		
Introduction to systematic reviews: 75 min
Method: slides/didactic, discussion, dialog, iClickers
Study design and systematic reviews: 45 min
Method: slides/didactic, discussion
break (approximately 60 minutes after start of second session): 15 min	
lunch break: 60 min	
Librarian as collaborator: 45 min	
Method: sharing & disclosure, iClickers		
The reference interview: Its importance and techniques: 90 min	
Method: slides, dialog, sharing & disclosure		
break: 15 min	
Publication bias: 40 min	
Method: Slides/discussion, iClickers		
daily wrap-up: 15 min 

Day 2		
Choosing databases: 60 min	
Method: slides/didactic, sharing & disclosure, hands-on exercise		
Harvesting search terms: 120 min	
Method: slides/didactic, hands-on exercise, discussion		
break (after approximately 60 minutes): 15 min
lunch break: 60 min	
Methodology filters: 45 min	
Method: slides/didactic, discussion		
Grey literature: 135 min	
Method: slides/discussion, iClickers, hands-on exercise		
break (after approximately 60 minutes): 15 min
daily wrap-up: 15 min

Day 3 (half day)		
Handsearching: 30 min
Method: slides/discussion, iClickers		
break: 15 min 
Project management - search terminology & results: 60 min	
Method: dialog, sharing & disclosure		
Writing the methods section: 45 min	
Method: slides/didactic		
Final wrap-up/evaluation: 30 min	

Need for This Course: This class grew out of an internal working group organized by the Health Sciences Library System to address an increasing number of requests from university/medical center faculty for assistance with systematic reviews. Participation in this workshop will be useful for any health science/medical librarians who wish to acquire the core knowledge needed to collaborate in the conduct of systematic reviews, technology effectiveness reports, comparative effectiveness research, or any other scholarly or clinical activity requiring comprehensive literature searches.

The instructional methods used include Demonstration, Slides, Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming, Sharing/Self-disclosure, Role Playing, Hands-on Exercises, Case Study, and Other.

Participant Materials: All participants receive a USB flash drive containing a course description, syllabus and objectives, supporting materials, and bibliography.

Facility Requirements: This class will be held in facilities provided by the Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh. The primary classroom will be set up in a manner to facilitate discussion, disclosure, and sharing. For the case study and hands-on exercises, students will have access to state-of-the-art computer labs providing access to the Internet and selected electronic resources and software

Additional Evaluation: MLA standard evaluation form. No additional evaluation tool.

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