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Literature searches for systematic reviews

If you are a researcher or PhD fellow at Oslo University Hospital or the University of Oslo, the library can help you with literature searches for systematic reviews.

Picture of the systematic literature group
Photo: Simen Kjellin, UiO

What is a systematic review?

A systematic review is a literature review that uses a specific methodology to summarise all available studies on a topic. In a systematic review, the literature search is the data collection, and an experienced librarian spend up to 30 working hours planning and performing the search. It is therefore important to contact the library at an early stage of the project.

Request a literature search

The library can help you with the following:

  • Find out if a systematic review on your topic has already been performed
  • In collaboration with you, translate your research question into a search strategy
  • Recommend databases and other sources of information that should be searched
  • Guide or perform literature searches in relevant databases
  • Deliver the search results in a deduplicated EndNote library
  • Document the search strategies and contribute to the methods chapter
  • Update searches as needed
  • Comply with methodology standards such as PRISMAPROSPEROCochrane handbook for systematic reviews.

In order for us to help you, you need

  • A project description or protocol with clearly described objective(s)
  • Knowledge about how to conduct a systematic review
  • 2-5 core articles that meet the inclusion criteria of your study

Read more about systematic reviews at PhD on Track.

If you have any questions, please contact us at medisinsk.bibliotek@ub.uio.no