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Summer Workshops : Systematic Review


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 Biomedical Library 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.

Systematic Reviews: An Introduction

Tuesday, June 16 | 10:00am - 11:00am

This 1 - hour session will introduce you to what systematic reviews are, 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 focus on literature search, and introduce the resources and services available for Penn faculty, staff, students and clinicians.


Systematic Literature Searching

Wednesday, June 17 | 10:00am - 11:30am

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. 


Citation Mangement

Thursday, June 18 | 10:00am - 11:00am

This 1.5-hour session will focus on using citation management software to manage and organize your systematic review search results.  EndNote software will be used to demonstrate how to import, deduplicate, and screen your citations.  Specialized screening software that can be used with systematic review projects will be discussed.