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Health Sciences Libraries Launch Systematic Review Service

July 2, 2015

The George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences and the Robert Wood Johnson Library now both offer a Systematic Review Service.

The service—accessible via the “Quick Links” section of the Smith Library homepage or the “RWJ Library Resources” section of the Robert Wood Johnson Library homepage—is designed to be used by Rutgers faculty and students who are interested in publishing a systematic review on a topic or in writing one as a capstone project required for a degree awarded by the university.

The writing of systematic reviews has become increasingly popular within the health sciences community.   Entire e-resources, such as the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, the Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE), and the Joanna Briggs Institute Evidence-Based Practice Database exist to make completed systematic reviews organized and available. 

As part of the Systematic Review Service, librarians will act in an advisory or instructional capacity for students who have the option of writing a systematic review as part of a capstone project.  Following guidelines established by the Institute of Medicine in 2011, librarians will also assist faculty with scholarly and publishing functions and can participate as part of the systematic review team.  They will search all relevant databases and the grey literature for the topic identified, providing links to full-text content and organizing the citations into an EndNote library.  Additionally, they will write up the “methods” section of the review, providing their comprehensive database search strategies.  A link to the Health Sciences Subject Guide on Systematic Reviews is also provided.

In order to effectively use the service, the web site requires that users self-identify as either students or faculty.  Once the selection has been made, users will be presented with information about the specific service and will be able to initiate the service with a librarian.