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What Review is Right for You?
Posted On: Monday, June 25, 2018 - 00:07 by Sarah Cantrell

Many researchers say they want to conduct a systematic review, only to be dismayed by the amount of time, effort, skill, and teamwork required to pull off that feat. Even with time and a good team, the research question might not be best suited to systematic review methodology.

There are actually many other review methodologies that researchers can choose depending on their research question. We've put together a guide to make the distinctions between review types easier to understand and to help guide you in selecting the best methodology for your research question.

If a systematic review is right for you, we have a new product to assist you but there are a limited number of seats...

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New Tool Available for Easier Systematic Review Production
Posted On: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 08:32 by Sarah Cantrell

Covidence is a systematic reviews production tool for title/abstract screening, full-text screening, data abstraction, and quality assessment. It was designed by researchers familiar with the systematic review process in order to make conducting reviews more efficient. It is the primary screening and data extraction tool for Cochrane Collaboration authors.

The Medical Center Library & Archives has a limited number of seats for this product. In order to gain access to Covidence, please contact the medical librarians to discuss your project.

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Systematic Reviews of the Literature
Posted On: Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 23:46 by Megan von Isenburg

A systematic review attempts to collate all empirical evidence that fits pre-specified eligibility criteria in order to answer a specific research question. The key characteristics of a systematic review are: a clearly defined question with inclusion and exclusion criteria; rigorous and systematic search of the literature; critical appraisal of included studies; data extraction and management; analysis and interpretation of results; and report for publication.

Not every research question fits well with the systematic review methodology. Other types of reviews might be better suited for research questions that are broader or that may not have much empirical evidence on the topic.

What does it take to do a systematic review?

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New Tool for Developing Complex Searches
Posted On: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 10:12 by Megan von Isenburg

MeSH On Demand is a new tool from the National Library of Medicine. It suggests MeSH terms based on a block of text that you provide.

This can be useful in two main situations:

  • In systematic reviews. Systematic review searches need to be comprehensive, and it can be a challenge to find all the relevant MeSH terms to include. MeSH on Demand suggests MeSH terms that you might find useful to include in your search. If you are conducting a systematic review of the literature, don't forget to contact a librarian for searching assistance.
  • In publication. Some journals may request author keywords. Using MeSH on Demand will enable you to submit keywords that are also...
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