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Systematic Review Guide

This guide will help you navigate how to create a systematic review.


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Stephanie Lopez
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Medical Library


The Medical Library staff may assist in literature searching using controlled vocabularies, creation of search strategies, choosing databases, managing references, and teaching researchers how to use Zotero in-person or via Zoom. 

Reviews contain a lot of librarian involvement and when published, librarians should receive credit. 

  • Acknowledgement/Contributor note - regular librarian work with significant support
    • Help with formulating research question & search strategy.
    • Guidance on the steps of a systematic review.
    • Assistance with choosing which databases to search.
    • Help with searching each of the selected databases.
    • Troubleshooting search strategy.
    • Data management consultation.
  • Authorship (one or more of the following)
    • Using search strategy or filter written by librarian.
    • Help registering a protocol.
    • Citation retrieval and management.
    • Help with searching for articles.
    • Assistance with downloading and deduplication of results.
    • Credit for writing search methods portion of manuscript, including PRISMA flow chart.
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