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Systematic Reviews

Librarian Support

Systematic Review Support

UT librarians offer systematic review consultation services for individuals and research groups. We can help with...

  • Translating a research question into an effective search strategy
  • Locating existing systematic reviews and protocols to give you background information for your work
  • Maximizing the balance between search precision and retrieval 
  • Selecting databases for systematic searching
  • Advising on grey literature search strategies
  • Strategies and tools for saving, managing and exporting search results and citations

Levels of librarian support and how to credit

Much of the work a librarian does to assist researchers falls under their everyday job responsibilities. However, systematic reviews, scoping reviews, and meta-analyses, often require greater librarian involvement and include the librarian as a partner in the research project. When these levels of assistance lead to a published paper, it is appropriate to credit the librarian. 

Note: If you would like to have a librarian's involvement as a partner in the project, you should find out in advance about the librarian's willingness to participate at that level of commitment.

We've compiled some basic guidelines on what to expect as usual support and at the level of including the librarian as a co-researcher.  Also, the guidelines show how to credit the librarian at these different levels of involvement.

  • Uncredited - regular librarian work
    • Overview of review process and best practices
    • Identifying keywords and databases
    • Recommending tools
    • Single consultation
  • Acknowledgement or Contributor note - regular librarian work but significant support
    • Troubleshooting search strategy
    • Data management consultation
    • More than one consultation
  • Authorship (one or more of the following)
    • Using search strategy or filter developed by librarian
    • Help registering a protocol
    • Citation retrieval and management
    • Hand searching for articles
    • Assisting with paper's methods section
    • Section edits


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