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Systematic Reviews & Other Review Types

This guide will help you get started with your next systematic review, scoping review, or other review types.

Systematic Review Service Mission Statement

To advance evidence-based health care practice by providing search expertise, guidance and support for conducting systematic reviews and similar review methodologies at Temple University for all medical and health sciences disciplines. 

Why work with a librarian?

According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine Standards for Systematic Reviews (2011),

You should "Work with a librarian or other information specialist trained in performing systematic reviews to plan the search strategy."

See more at: http://iom.nationalacademies.




Systematic Review Search Service

The Literature Search Service is designed for Temple University Health Sciences or Temple University Hospital faculty or staff who plan to publish their review.  The service includes a variety of review types.

Service Includes:

  • Literature Searching *does not include hand searching the literature.
  • Assistance with planning the Search Strategy & Refining the PICO/PECO Question.
  • Search results provided to you with duplicates removed.
  • Search results provided in a file compatible with your selected citation manager/tool (Endnote, Mendeley, Refworks).  If using Endnote results will be sent via an XML file.
  • The full search strategies for each database are provided in an Excel Spreadsheet with the number of results before and after duplication removal and the last date searched.
  • All search and deduplication counts are provided for reporting in the Prisma flow chart.
  • Assistance writing the search methodology section and search strategy appendices.
  • Assistance with screening tools and procedures.

Please Note:  The Literature Search Service requires a brief consultation with a librarian and the completion of our protocol form. To get started please complete the TEMPLE REVIEW PROTOCOL FORM.  *Researchers are expected to provide librarian co-authorship for our substantial contributions allowing the librarian to have input in the manuscript as per ICMJE recommendations

Systematic Review Educational Services

Educational Services are available to all Temple University Hospital staff or Temple University Health Sciences faculty, staff or students.  Our team of librarians offer two types of consultation services: Individual/Small Group Instruction or Search Strategy Critique Service.

Individual Consultation/small group Instruction

  • about the systematic review process and/or systematic review overview
  • learning how to title/abstract or full-text screen and/or tools for screening
  • customized systematic review searching in one or more databases
  • critical appraisal training for systematic reviews
  • training in managing your systematic review using a citation manager tool (example: Endnote, Refworks) or systematic review tool (example: Covidence, Gradepro GDT) or tools overview
  • and more!

Search Strategy Critique Service:

  • have your search strategy carefully reviewed by a librarian with expertise in systematic review searching

Schedule an Instructional Session:

Please contact the health sciences library to schedule an individual, small group or class educational session.


The Temple University Health Sciences Libraries Literature Search Service for Systematic Reviews or Other Review Types is provided by a team of librarians who are expert searchers. However, their expertise does not replace the evaluation of evidence by a trained medical professional.  

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For additional help

Systematic Review Service:

The health sciences library Chat with a Librarian service is available at Many of our librarians are available to provide systematic review education. Or you may reach the Team Lead, Stephanie Roth: Email Phone (215) 707-9469