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Systematic Reviews

About This Guide

About This Guide

This research guide provides an overview of the systematic review process, guidance documents for conducting systematic reviews, and links to resources to help you conduct a comprehensive and systematic search of the scholarly literature. Navigate the guide using the tabs on the left.


This LibGuide is adapted by permission from A Guide to Systematic Reviews by Sara Scinto-Madonich, Cornell University Systematic Review Librarian. 

How The Library Can Help

The National Academy of Medicine recommends that a librarian or information specialist be involved in the systematic review process.  In fact, this study published in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology shows that librarian involvement in systematic reviews improves both the quality and the reproducibility of the literature search.


Utica University Librarians can help you:


  • Find existing systematic reviews and protocols to inform your own protocol development.
  • Identify relevant databases and gray literature resources in which to conduct literature searches related to your topic.
  • Design and implement complex, comprehensive search strategies to maximize retrieval of relevant studies.
  • Use Covidence, a subscription-based SR management tool 
  • Use citation management software, such as RefWorks, to manage the study gathering and selection process.
  • Track down hard-to-find full text articles for screening and review.



Download this document for database searching techniques!  

More Help

Preparing to Conduct a Systematic Review? 

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