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Systematic Reviews & Evidence Synthesis Methods

Systematic Review & Evidence Synthesis Boot Camp

Systematic Reviews & Evidence Synthesis Boot Camp


August 12, 2024 – August 14, 2024 

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (plus optional coaching hour) 


The University of Texas at Austin Libraries are excited to host an in-person 3-day systematic review and evidence synthesis boot camp. You will begin with your own research question and leave with a well-developed search strategy with the next steps for progressing in your evidence synthesis project. Evidence synthesis tools such as Rayyan and SR Accelerator will be covered. Participation in this boot camp requires that at least one member of your evidence synthesis team be able to attend each of the in-class instruction sessions. Subject librarians with expertise in evidence synthesis will provide one-to-one support for each project, in addition to the instructional sessions. 


Applications are open from June 10 - July 19, 2024.


What to expect: 

Day 1: Overview of protocol development & search strategies 

Day 2: Refine search including terminology development and database selection

Day 3: Strategies and tools for assessing findings and de-duplication 


We will not cover:

Article coding, data extraction, and writing up the evidence synthesis project 

Questions? Please email 


Is the boot camp free?

Yes, there is no cost to apply or attend the boot camp.

Who can attend the boot camp?

The boot camp is open to UT faculty, post-docs, graduate students, and lab/research center staff.

Is there anything I need to complete the application for the boot camp?

In order to fill out the application, you will need to have a research question along with potential eligibility criteria for your project.

Why must I apply to get in to the boot camp?

We would like to provide librarian support for each group. If we have too many groups, it could be difficult to provide in-depth support.

What factors might help my application? 

Researchers with a more developed research question and a few "relevant or target articles" will get preference. We do not plan to spend a lot of time going over evidence synthesis in general. We'd like to spend more time on the process of conducting a review. 

What if I don't get in to the boot camp?

You are welcome to get help from a Subject Librarian at any time (select from list of librarians).

Will there be future opportunities to attend the boot camp?

Depending on the community response and interest, we may make the boot camp an annual event.

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