Systematic reviews: searching for evidence
Duration 0.5 days
Team UoN Libraries
This course is run by the Library's Research Support team:

Target audience
Postgraduate research students and research staff undertaking a systematic or scoping review.


Some experience of searching literature databases, such as MEDLINE or PsycINFO.  
It is also recommended that you attend the relevant discipline-specific 'Researcher Information Skills' course for Arts, Engineering, Medicine & Health Sciences, Science, or Social Sciences prior to attending this course.

Course description

A systematic review is a method to systematically search, critically appraise and synthesise evidence for a specific research question. This course is applicable to all disciplines but researchers who are undertaking medical and health-related research may find the course of particular relevance. The course will focus on searching the literature for evidence, ensuring the methodology used is comprehensive, transparent and reproducible and discuss tools to help support the searching and screening parts of the process. The course will also be relevant for those considering undertaking a scoping review.

Learning outcomes
By the end of this course, you should:
  • understand how to devise an effective, advanced literature search
  • realise the importance of using subject headings, e.g. MeSH, in your search strategy
  • be clear about the type of resources you should incorporate into your search
  • have experience of constructing an advanced search using Ovid MEDLINE
  • be aware of the tools to help manage a systematic review

This is a two-hour, in-person course consisting of presentation, demonstrations and practical hands-on exercises.

Research Support librarians.

Please email the Research Support team with any queries about this course:

Please note that attendance will be recorded. There are no training points associated with this course.
LocationStart DateAll DatesTimesPlaces AvailableBook
Medical School30 November 202330 November 202310:00am - 12:00pm29
Medical School24 April 202424 April 202410:00am - 12:00pm30