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A Guide to Conducting Reviews: Library Support

This LibGuide outlines some of the common types of reviews including literature, systematic, and scoping reviews, and lists some ways by which University Librarians can assist in conducting such reviews.

How can librarians/information specialists help?

Librarians/information specialists can support AUB faculty and students with all types of reviews. Subject specialists can particularly assist with the different stages of scoping reviews, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses including:

  • Checking for existing systematic reviews on a topic
  • Search concepts and strategy construction for initial search strategy / peer review of search strategies
  • Database selection ; grey literature / unpublished literature choices
  • Performing the search in different databases, exporting the results to a citation manager (e.g. EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley), and de-duplicating the search results
  • Documenting search strategies, databases, limits, number of results, etc.
  • Writing the search methodology section 

Source: UNC University Libraries