Systematic Review Service for Faculty and Staff

Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences (RBHS) Libraries offers a partnership with Rutgers University faculty and staff conducting systematic reviews. Some of the librarians roles are listed below as outlined in the 2011 Institute of Medicine report entitled “Standards for Systematic Reviews”. Librarians are assumed to be co-authors on the review for their contributions to the process.

Are you prepared to meet with a Librarian to discuss your systematic review?

Services Included
Guidance with systematic review development processes
  • Referral to relevant handbooks and guidance documents
  • Referral to relevant reporting standards
  • Guidance on timelines, skills and competencies required to complete a systematic review.
Protocol development
  • Instruction on where to find existing protocols
  • Identification of example protocols
  • Identification of existing systematic reviews on the same topic (if any)
  • Feedback on initial protocol draft
Question formulation
  • Feedback on framing of research
Search strategy
  • Translation of research question into draft search strategy
  • Advice on relevant electronic databases and sources to search
  • Execution of search in all relevant databases
  • Searching of grey literature
Bibliographic organization tools
  • Import of all search results into EndNote, de-duplication and export to preferred format
  • Advice on using EndNote, manuscript templates, organizing citations, etc


    To schedule an appointment with a Librarian please fill out the Systematic Review Services form.