Need help with a systematic review?
University of Waterloo librarians are available to provide a range of support services for research teams, faculty and students who are conducting systematic reviews and other knowledge synthesis projects such as scoping reviews, meta-analysis, literature reviews, etc.
The specialization of the librarian encompasses the activities typically engaged by the role of the information specialist on a systematic review research team. This includes:
- Formulation of research question
- Development of search methods including academic database selection and search strategy construction
- Grey literature searching
- Management of references and organization of the screening process
- Library services such as interlibrary loan (ILL)
- Expertise in critical appraisal
- Writing the methods section for manuscript
Contact the librarian for your department or school for further assistance or to arrange a meeting.
We offer different types of services depending on the type of project and researchers involved, e.g. grant-funded project vs student dissertation or coursework. These include:
- Consultation: one to two-hour meeting to discuss the project and provide guidance and advice
- Education: work with members of the research team to ensure that everyone has the understanding and skills necessary to conduct systematic search methods
- Co-researcher: join the research team as a contributing member with full co-author participation. This level of contribution must be negotiated at the start of the project.