About the Service
Evidence synthesis reviews encompass systematic reviews, scoping reviews, meta-analyses, and evidence gap maps, and more. Unlike other types of reviews, these research methods include a reproducible and transparent methodology. For help differentiating between the various types of review, consult A Typology of Reviews (Grant & Booth, 2009).
Work with librarians to increase the quality of reviews and streamline the process. Librarians help you:
- determine if there are existing reviews on your topic,
- develop a protocol to ensure transparency and rigor,
- create search strategies to identify all relevant studies,
- deliver search results formatted for citation managers and evidence synthesis review tools,
- implement best practices for screening, risk of bias assessment, and data extraction and synthesis,
- write the search methodology, and
- determine best evidence synthesis type for your project.
How librarians can help?
As you start your evidence synthesis project, librarians can help at either the consultant or co-author level.
As a consultant, a librarian can step in at different points of your evidence synthesis review. Librarians can:
- provide background information and resources on the evidence synthesis process,
- recommend databases, protocol registration platforms, and citation management software, and
- suggest edits for your search strategy.
This option is a limited time commitment.
Co-authoring is a more substantial commitment, and a librarian will typically devote more than a year to partner with you on your evidence synthesis review.
As a co-author, the librarian will be more hands-on and can:
- comment on the protocol,
- select databases and grey literature resources,
- write the search strategy,
- translate searches to syntax of all databases,
- perform searches and export them to citation management software,
- perform deduplication, or train your team on the process,
- set up in article screening software, and
- write a portion of the methods section specific to searching.