Working on a systematic review? Librarians at Himmelfarb are available to help you! A 2015 study noted that systematic reviews conducted with librarian or information specialist co-authors were more likely to achieve key quality measures in search strategy, documentation, and reproducibility. 
We can offer:
Any or all of these services are freely provided as part of the regular services offered by Himmelfarb librarians. Due to staffing levels, we are only able to work on a few systematic reviews simultaneously. Please contact us in advance so that we can coordinate the workload among the librarians in the reference department.
Once involved in a systematic review project, we would prefer:
The following table describes the systematic review services offered by Himmelfarb librarians. This list reflects our common practices in assisting students and faculty - however, you and your project librarian will develop a set of mutual expectations based on the circumstances of your project.
|Provide guidance on overall SR process||Provide guidance on overall SR process|
|Provide guidance on PRISMA reporting requirements||Provide guidance on PRISMA reporting requirements|
|Give instruction on where to find SR protocols||Give instruction on where to find SR protocols|
|Give guidance on identifying relevant existing SR protocols||Identify relevant existing SR protocols|
|Give guidance on identifying existing SR on same topic||Identify relevant existing SR on same topic|
|Assist in developing PICO/PICOTS question||Assist in developing PICO/PICOTS question|
|Give guidance in determining relevant databases to search||Give guidance in determining relevant databases to search|
|Guide the construction of an appropriate search strategy||Construct appropriate search strategy|
|Guide the translation of search startegy into other databases||Translate search startegy into other databases|
|Give instruction on executing the search||Execute the search|
|Give guidance on exporting results into Covidence||Export results into Covidence and assist with finding/uploading full text|
|Advise on documentation of search strategies, results, PRISMA diagrams, etc.||Advise on documentation of search strategies, results, PRISMA diagrams, etc.|
|The librarian may be acknowledged in any resulting publications at student's discretion||The librarian is listed as a co-author on any resulting publications|
More detailed information about how to conduct a systematic review can be found on our Systematic Reviews Research Guide. For further information or to request librarian assistance with a systematic review, please contact either your liaison librarian or the Reference and Instruction department (firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-994-2850).
1) Rethlefsen, M.L., Farrell, A.M., Osterhaus Trzasko, L.C., & Brigham, T.J. (2015). Librarian co-authors correlated with higher quality reported search strategies in general internal medicine systematic reviews. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 68(6), 617-26. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2014.11.025. [Find full text]
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