Systematic review: searching for evidence - online (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)
Duration 2 hours
Team Researcher Academy

This online course is run by the Researcher Academy 
as part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences N-Trans Training Programme

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

Pre-requisites: Some experience of searching literature databases, such as MEDLINE or PsycINFO.  

It is also recommended that you attend the relevant discipline workshop, 'Researcher information skills for new researchers in...'Arts, Engineering, M&HS, Scienceor Social Sciencesprior to attending this course. 

Course Description: 

A Systematic Review is a method to systematically search, critically appraise and synthesise evidence for a specific question of interest. This course is applicable to all disciplines but researchers who are undertaking medical and health related research may find the course of particular relevance. This course will focus on searching the literature for evidence, ensuring the methodology used is comprehensive, transparent and reproducible.  In this session, we discuss 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 
Process: online courses

Related courses:

Introduction to Systematic Reviews (online) 
Quantitative Evidence Synthesis 
Approaches to Qualitative Evidence Synthesis (online)

Course Accessibility

The following table shows a summary of what is needed to participate in the course. 

If you feel you will experience any difficulties participating, please let us know via the ‘special requirements’ tab, providing as much information as possible. The special requirements tab can be completed when you book your place. Alternatively, you can contact us directly at

Access MS Teams for webinar
Attend the webinar at the specified date and time
Use MS Teams chat box function during webinar
Watch and listen to the course tutor(s) and/or other attendees
Follow presentation slides during the course
Take part in group activities/ discussions

Booking Conditions

Our webinars/ online courses are very popular, especially in the current period and we are experiencing large volumes of people on our waiting lists.  

Please do let us know if you would like to cancel your place on this course so we can offer your place to another delegate. 

Please note, attendances for webinars/ online courses will be recorded. There are no training points associated with courses run by the Researcher Academy.

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