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Systematic Review Services

Find information regarding the systematic review process and how to get assistance from the UCI Libraries

UCI Systematic Review Services

Why are we having you read this document?

The short answer is that there are many different types of reviews and we would like to gain a better idea of your needs and the type of review that is most appropriate.

There is a substantial amount of work involved in conducting a formal systematic review (SR).

Experts in systematic reviews recommend librarian involvement from the outset. Roles for the librarian in a SR include:

  • participant in discussion of the “question”
  • development of PICO statement [patient or population or/and problem(s), intervention(s), comparison, outcome]
  • identification and testing of search terms
  • identification of the best set of information resources for the question
  • determining type of search: scoping search, literature search
  • organizing search results in a reference manager
  • writing/co-writing methods section

Librarians may also help with article screening, data abstraction, and writing depending on topic and team. We are able to assist you with formulating appropriate search strategies and identify appropriate resources.

Librarians do not serve as administrative assistants or coordinators for the review. We may not be able to help if you have completed your review and need a librarian to validate it.

Please contact lmurphy@uci.edu, sclancy@uci.edu or perezhr@uci.edu with any questions as you read through this document.