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A Guide to Evidence Synthesis

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Cornell University Library will be hosting two unique training sessions with opportunities for you to hone your systematic review and evidence synthesis skills. 

Registration for the summer 2020 workshops is closed. Thank you to all who applied! Information on accessing the recording will be posted here following the workshops. 


Training descriptions


Systematic Reviews and Evidence Synthesis Beyond the Health Sciences: A Training for Librarians (August 3 - 5, 2020)

Enhance your database searching skills and learn about the possibilities for collaborating with researchers in conducting evidence syntheses across academic areas.  

Evidence syntheses, such as systematic reviews, scoping reviews, and meta-analyses, have long been common in the health sciences and their popularity is growing in other disciplines (e.g., Agriculture, Life Sciences, International Development, Education, Nutrition, Psychology). They are grounded in transparent, unbiased approaches, and are often used to assist public policy decision-making across academic sectors.

In this three-day training, librarians will learn about the entire evidence synthesis process with special emphasis on creating comprehensive, reproducible search strategies for disciplines outside of the health sciences. Other topics covered will include creating and registering protocols, following guidelines for methodology, and using tools to manage the process. Instructors include librarians from The University of Minnesota Libraries and Cornell University Library with experience teaching and collaborating on multidisciplinary systematic reviews, scoping reviews, and other evidence synthesis projects. 

Please join us and grow your skills in this exciting emerging area! 

When: Monday, August 3rd through Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

Where: Via Zoom

How to Register: Registration will begin at 12 pm  EST on Wednesday, May 27.


Workshop: Introduction to R and using Litsearchr to develop and test search strategies (August 7th, 2020) 

In this two-day workshop, you will learn the basics of using R and RStudio, a powerful programming language and interface used by researchers across disciplines for statistical analysis, data cleaning, data visualization, and script-writing for automated tasks. This workshop will make use of a newly developed Library Carpentry curriculum and the Carpentries' practice-based teaching methods, providing participants with hands-on coding experience. In addition to the basics of R and RStudio, participants will learn to use the litsearchr R package. litsearchr facilitates the development of a systematic search strategy, partially automating keyword selection from a set of search results and writing Boolean searches, including automating truncation of terms. This is an introduction to R and RStudio designed for participants with no programming experience. Library Carpentry’s teaching is hands-on, so participants are encouraged to bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system that they have administrative privileges on.   

When: Thursday, August 6th and Friday, August 7th, 2020

Where: Via Zoom

How to Register: Registration will begin at 12 pm  EST on Wednesday, May 27.