Help with Article Retrieval for Systematic Review

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Systematic review is process to create knowledge through filtering from information

Services: Help with Article Retrieval for Systematic Review

What it is:

A systematic review (SR) is defined as "faithfully summarizing the evidence from all relevant studies on the topic of interest, and it does so concisely and transparently." Researchers employ rigorous methods to generate unbiased conclusions. Healthcare professionals and healthcare policymakers consider systematic reviews to provide high level evidence on the effectiveness of healthcare interventions.  

To assure high quality SRs, the Health and Medicine Divison at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a report on standards for developing systematic reviews in 2011. 

The publishing of SRs has expanded from health science to other fields, such as social science, agriculture, science, business, etc. Scholars nationwide, including Penn faculty, staff, students, and clinicians, are incorporating SR into their research practices. 

In response to this movement and to address our users' particular needs, librarians from the health sciences and other disciplines are providing an in-depth systematic review service to support our users' research practices. 

How we can help:

The Health Sciences Libraries offer a two-tiered level of service for Systematic Reviews assistance.

Our Education-oriented service provides face-to-face consultations covering the processes and best practices for conducting a systematic review. It is designed to get the researcher started. 

In the Advanced service, librarians are considered full team members of the research team and conduct in-depth literature searches, assist with citation management, and write the literature search methodology for the final paper for publication.

Detailed information about the service can be found at the SR guide

The service is for...

The Systematic Review Service is for the faculty, staff, and students in all the schools at the University of Pennsylvania and the clinicians at the Penn Healthcare System. 


To schedule a consultation meeting, contact the Biomedical Library Visit our subject specialist page to connect with a librarian from another discipline. 

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I wanted to write and say thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to teach me about search database and terms. I learned so much from you in a short period of time and look forward to applying everything to my research. Thank you again for your guidance and kindness.

—MD-PhD student, School of Medicine

With deepest appreciation for all of your work on the guideline.  It was a real pleasure learning from you about the nuances and complexities of those literature searches! Thank you for always doing your best to join our calls.  I really enjoyed collaborating with you and with you the absolute best in all your future endeavors.

—Researcher at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

We appreciate all your work in putting this together.

—Clinical Fellow, School of Medicine

Thank you very much...! We greatly appreciate your assistance with this literature search

—Faculty, School of Medicine

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