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Systematic Review Services: Consultations, Classes, and Databases

 Consultations, Classes, and Databases

Are you looking for help with your systematic review? The NIH Library’s Systematic Review Service can help. 

Consultations
NIH Librarians are available to guide you through your entire systematic review process, including selecting the appropriate type of review, providing guidance on the steps to complete a systematic review, conducting the literature search, and assisting with editing the final manuscript. Schedule a consultation to get started today. 

Classes
In February, the NIH Library is offering a series of nine one-hour webinars on systematic reviews. Click on the links below for more information and to register. 

Types of Literature Reviews 
February 3, 12:00—1:00 p.m.

Introduction to the Systematic Review Process 
February 5, 12:00—1:00 p.m.

Developing and Publishing Your Systematic Review Protocol 
February 6, 12:00—1:00 p.m.

Developing the Research Question and Conducting the Literature Search 
February 12, 12:00—1:00 p.m.

Gray Literature 
February 12, 12:00—1:00 p.m.

Screening Best Practices and Managing Your Data for Systematic Reviews 
February 18, 12:00—1:00 p.m.

Using EndNote for Systematic Reviews 
February 19, 12:00—1:00 p.m.

Writing and Publishing Your Systematic Review 
February 25, 12:00—1:00 p.m.

Meta-Analysis: Quantifying a Systematic Review (in-person or online)
February 27, 10:00—11:00 a.m.

Databases
The NIH Library provides access to the three primary databases used for most systematic reviews: Cochrane Library, Embase, and PubMed. 

Cochrane Library
Contains high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, including the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL). CENTRAL is a curated registry of randomized and quasi-randomized controlled trials conducted worldwide. Search using keywords or controlled vocabulary terms, and export results to a citation management tool. 

Embase
Allows users to build comprehensive literature searches through its extensive, deeply indexed database and flexible search options. By applying the PICO (Patient or Problem; Intervention; Comparison or Control; and Outcome) framework, users can structure searches that address clinical questions. Users can search Embase by keywords, controlled vocabulary terms, or use a special search feature to find literature on drugs, medical devices, pharmacovigilance, and more.

PubMed/MEDLINE
Features advanced search functions and filters to find literature for your systematic review. Search using keywords and controlled vocabulary terms from MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) to focus your search and find relevant information. 

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