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Systematic Reviews: Workshops

This guide is intended to provide related information for the users who prepare to write systematic reviews.

Systematic Review Workshops

A Systematic Review critically assesses ALL relevant studies that address particular clinical issues. It provides a high level of evidence on the effectiveness of healthcare interventions. 

To help researchers develop a good quality of a systematic review that meets all requirements, the Biotech Commons is presenting a Systematic Review workshop series. The workshops will introduce the systematic review process, describe systematic literature search protocol in accordance with PRISMA standards, and present citation management software to handle search results. 

Session 1: Introduction

This one-hour session will introduce you to what a systematic review is, what is the entire process, and what services the health sciences libraries provide. This session will highlight the features of systematic review as a comparison with other types of reviews, describe standards (e.g., PRISMA) and a framework for a systematic review with a focus on literature search, and introduce the resources and services available for Penn faculty, staff, students and clinicians. 

Presenter: Maylene Qiu, Sherry Morgan

When: 12:00 pm - 1pm, Jan. 19, 2022 
Where: Virtual workshop


Session 2: Systematic Literature Searching

This 1.5-hour session will provide you with concrete steps in constructing comprehensive literature search syntax. Topics to be covered include identifying potential resources to be searched, utilizing a protocol to collect relevant search terms (both controlled vocabulary and keywords), and applying special techniques to develop effective search strategies.  THIS IS A VIRTUAL WORKSHOP.

Presenters: Melanie Cedrone

When: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm, Jan. 26, 2022
Where: Virtual workshop


Session 3: Introduction to Covidence

This 1 hour session will focus on using the Penn Library licensed Covidence software. Covidence is an easy-to-use support tool that can guide you through the Systematic Review process.  Consider using the program for any type of literature review project. Covidence allows for easy collaboration.  Invite colleagues at Penn or individuals outside of the institution to participate on your review project.  In this session you will learn to upload content into Covidence, screen at the title/abst & full-text levels, extract data, and output content collected.  

Presenters: Frank Campbell

When: 12:00 pm -1:00 pm, February 9, 2022
Where: Virtual workshop


Request Workshop

Faculty and program managers can request a systematic review instruction session for a class and department.

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Request Consultation

The Health Sciences Libraries offer one-on-one systematic review consultations for faculty, staff, students and clinicians who are affiliated with UPenn. 

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