Systematic Review: literature searching (MHS Faculty)

Title:Systematic Review: literature searching (MHS Faculty)

Duration:0.5 days
Training Units1.0
TeamThe Graduate School

Target Audience: Postgraduate research students and research staff in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences who are about to undertake a systematic review.


A presentation and demonstration followed by an opportunity to practice searching techniques facilitated by librarians from the Research Support Team.

Course Description

Literature searching for systematic review 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

Course dates for 2019/20 will be published in early October 2019.  If there are no dates listed below then the instance(s) of the course has (have) already taken place for 2019/20 academic year.

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