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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 practice by providing search expertise, guidance and support for conducting systematic reviews and similar review methodologies at Temple University for all disciplines. 

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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 or Temple University Hospital faculty and/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 Question.
  • Assistance with reviewing the protocol prior to registration in a repository (e.g. PROSPERO, OSF)
  • Search results provided to you with duplicates removed.
  • Search results provided in a file compatible with your selected citation manager (e.g. Endnote, Mendeley, Zotero) or systematic review tool (e.g. Rayyan, Covidence, Abstrackr, Sysrev, DistillerSR)
  • The full search strategies for each database and grey literature source are provided in an Excel document with the number of results before and after duplication removal and the last date searched. The search strategies can be now be deposited into TUScholarShare our institutional repository. Our service at a minimum will search two grey literature sources. 
  • All search and deduplication counts are provided for reporting of the PRISMA flow diagram.
  • 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 University Libraries Review Service Intake 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 and Temple Hospital faculty, staff and/or students.  Our team of librarians offers two types of consultation services: Individual/Small Group Instruction or Search Strategy Critique Service.

Individual Consultation and/or 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 (e.g. Endnote) or systematic review tools (e.g. Rayyan, Abstrackr) 

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 to schedule an individual, small group or class educational session.


Email with any questions.