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Systematic Reviews and Evidence Syntheses: Help and Training

How to do a systematic review. How to find systematic reviews.

General queries

Cairns Library

John Radcliffe Hospital
01865 221944


Horton Library

Horton General Hospital
01295 229316


Knowledge Centre

Old Road Campus Research Building
01865 289410

NOC Library

Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre
01865 738147

Radcliffe Science Library

Parks Road
01865 272800

Library support

Our outreach and subject librarians have experience in collaborating with researchers and training individuals conducting systematic reviews.  We can provide advice, support & training on:

  • Scoping literature searches for review protocols
  • Developing search strategies
  • Peer reviewing search strategies using the PRESS checklist
  • Using methodological search filters
  • Selecting databases
  • Identifying grey literature and on-going research
  • Managing references
  • Setting up search alerts
  • Reporting search methodology

We can be involved in the following ways:

  • As consultants we will give advice on search strategy development, database selection and reference management
  • As coauthors we will collaborate with research groups, designing and running searches, managing the references, keeping records of the search process and writing the search methods for the final manuscript.

These roles are based on the ICMJE recommendations for defining authors and contributors.

Here is a list of recent reviews on which we've collaborated.

Collaboration on systematic reviews is dependent on service capacity and availability of librarians with relevant experience. We are receiving an increased number of requests for systematic review support, and may not be able to accommodate all requests for involvement.

We run regular iSkills workshops on searching, systematic review methods and reference management which are open to everyone within the University and OUH NHS Foundation Trust

Useful organisations

Outreach Librarians, Bodleian Health Care Libraries

Owen Coxall, Outreach and Enquiry Services Manager
(+44 (0)1865 740363)
Emergency Department, Infection Control, Radiology, Health Management, Laboratory Medicine and Clinical Sciences, Geratology.

Karine Barker (+44 (0)1865 272802): Biochemistry, Pathology, Pharmacology, Preclinical Medicine, Psychology & DPAG (Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics).

Eli Harriss (+44 (0)1865 289383):
OCDEM, Renal, Urology, Dermatology, Palliative Medicine, University departments on Old Road Campus.

Liz Callow (+44 (0)1865 740471):
Acute and General Medicine, Allied Health Therapies, Paediatrics, Pharmacy, Women's Services.

Tatjana Petrinic (+44 (0)1865 740470):
Anaesthetics and Theatres, Cardiac Services, Critical Care, Intensive Care, Surgery.

Nia Roberts (+44 (0)1865 289409):
Cancer, Gastroenterology, Medical Research, Primary Care, Public Health, University departments on Old Road Campus.

Carolyn Smith (+44 (0)1295 229316):
All staff in departments based at the Horton Hospital.

Neal Thurley (+44 (0)1865 222920):
Anaesthetics, ENT, Neurosciences, Ophthalmology, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Plastics, Trauma.