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Systematic Review Services at the NIH Library: Consultations, Classes, & Databases

Systematic Review Services at the NIH Library

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, from selecting the appropriate type of review, providing guidance on the steps to complete a systematic review, conducting the literature search, and assisting with editing and reviewing the final manuscript. Schedule a consultation to get started today. 

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

Introduction to Systematic Reviews
October 1, 12:00–1:00 p.m.   

Systematic Reviews: Types of Reviews, the Protocol and Literature Searching
October 8, 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Screening Best Practices & Managing Your Data for Systematic Reviews 
October 15, 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Using EndNote for Systematic Reviews
October 22, 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Writing and Publishing Your Systematic Review
October 29, 12:00–1:00 p.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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