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A Guide to Systematic Reviews

About This Guide


This research guide provides an overview of the systematic review process, guidance documents for conducting evidence synthesis projects, and links to resources to help you conduct a comprehensive and systematic search of the scholarly literature. Navigate the guide using the tabs on the left.

Preparing to Conduct a Systematic Review? 


Submit a request form to our systematic review service team.

Interested in learning more about our services? Have questions about systematic reviews and other forms of evidence and literature synthesis? 

Contact us: systrev_help@cornell.edu

How Librarians Can Help


The Institute of Medicine recommends that a librarian or information specialist be involved in the systematic review process.  In fact, this study published in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology shows that librarian involvement in systematic reviews improves both the quality and the reproducibility of the literature search.


Librarians at Cornell University can help you:

  • Find existing systematic reviews and protocols to inform your own protocol development.
  • Identify relevant databases and gray literature resources in which to conduct literature searches related to your topic.
  • Design and implement complex, comprehensive search strategies to maximize retrieval of relevant studies.
  • Create search alerts to ensure that new studies are found while the systematic review is in progress.
  • Use citation management software, such as Endnote, Zotero, and Mendeley to manage the study gathering and selection process.
  • Track down hard-to-find full text articles for screening and review.
  • Write the methods section of your review for publication, to ensure clarity and transparency of the search process.

See our How Librarians Can Help page for a more detailed explanation of how we can best serve you.

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