The Librarians at the Northwell Health/ZSOM Libraries are expert searchers who can support faculty investigators in conducting comprehensive literature searches for scoping reviews, assist with reference management and writing the search methodology section of the review. Consider meeting with a librarian to discuss your systematic review project. Link to Guidelines
Key steps in searching for studies include:
It's s a good idea to build your initial search in PubMed/MEDLINE. Be sure to use both keywords and Medical Subject Headings (MeSH).
For each PCC element:
(If your scoping review is outside the scope of the biomedical literature, please contact your librarian for database recommendations and assistance)
Building a Systematic Review Search Strategy
The Librarian as part of the Systematic Review Team
Librarians are an integral part of your evidence synthesis project. Studies have shown teams that include a librarian write more comprehensive and reproducible reviews than teams without a librarian (click here to review the research). Cochrane Handbook section 4.2.1, IOM standard 3.1.1, and the Reporting Guidelines for PRISMA-S all highly recommend the significant involvement of a medical librarian in a systematic review (click here to review the manuals and guidelines).
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