Systematic Review: literature searching
Duration 0.5 days
Training Units 1.0
Team Researcher Academy

Target Audience: Postgraduate research students and research staff undertaking a systematic review.


Pre-recorded lecture video delivered by librarians from the Research Support Team, with online resources to assist with systematic reviews and quiz to check understanding. This is a stand alone course to be completed anytime. To receive a certificate of completion you must complete the quiz.

Course Description

A Systematic Review is a particular methodological approach to the literature review. This course is applicable to all disciplines but researchers who are undertaking medical and health related research may find the course of particular relevance. Literature searching for Systematic Reviews must be comprehensive with the methods used being both transparent and reproducible.  In this session, we suggest ways to approach this task.

Learning outcomes:

  • understand how to devise an effective, advanced literature search

  • realise the importance of using subject headings, including MeSH,in your search strategy

  • be clear about the type of sources you should incorporate into your search

  • be familiar with constructing an advanced search on Ovid MEDLINE

Related courses
Introduction to Systematic Reviews
Quantitative Evidence Synthesis
Approaches to Qualitative Evidence Synthesis


Booking Conditions

Importance of booking commitment

When booking on to a Researcher Academy short course you are entering into a commitment to attend. If you find that you are no longer available to attend you MUST cancel your place (on the system if more than three days before the course) or if at short notice by emailing This will ensure that your place can be offered to another researcher on the waiting list. Failure to cancel a place results in other researchers missing out on places through the waiting list process.

It is unacceptable for researchers to just not attend when booked onto a course. Researcher Academy maintains records of those who repeatedly do not attend courses they have booked. This may affect future eligibility to book onto further Researcher Academy courses and will affect considerations for Researcher Academy funded opportunities.

Pre-Requisites Pre-requisites: Some experience of searching literature databases, such as MEDLINE or PsycINFO.  It is recommended that you attend the workshop Researcher information skills for new researchers in MHS prior to this course.
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