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Knowledge Syntheses: A How-To Guide

Overview of systematic review steps and resources to assist researchers conducting reviews

Literature Search Services

Are you a student completing a systematic review for class?

Are you a researcher lacking the time or resources to develop a search strategy?

Do you need help navigating databases, conducting a grey literature search, or managing your citations?

We can help you!

The W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library is pleased to offer a variety of literature search services to student, faculty, and professionals. These services can range in scope from small literature searches to full-scale scoping reviews, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses. Specific examples include

  • Identifying existing systematic reviews related to your research question.
  • Selecting appropriate journal databases for your topic.
  • Devising a database search strategy. This includes: identifying keywords/MESH headings, creating a search string, applying search filters and performing databases searches.
  • Obtaining the full-text of articles and other documents.
  • Searching for grey literature on your topic.
  • Keeping a record of the search strategies for the methodology section of your systematic review.
  • Assessing the influence of a particular author or paper.
  • Managing the search results by saving them in a citation management software such as Zotero or RefWorks.
  • Setting up research alerts in databases in order to help you keep up with the latest publications.

These examples were developed by Kate Silfen:​

Why Work With a Librarian?

These articles highlight some of the many advantages of working with a librarian to complete your systematic review or other knowledge synthesis project.

These articles were first listed by Kate Silfen:​

Useful Links

Data Management Services at Dalhousie

Dalhousie Libraries offers data management services for faculty members. The two service streams include data archiving for completed projects and the retention of current project data. For more information, visit the following links:

Reviews by Dalhousie Faculty

Drawing from PubMed MEDLINE, this feed is frequently updated with the latest systematic reviews, scoping reviews, and meta-analyses that list Dalhousie faculty members as authors.

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Intro for librarians

Introduction to systematic reviews for librarians
Ms. Lindsey SikoraUniversity of Ottawa, Canada