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Workshops and Classes: iSkills for the Medical Sciences Division and OUH staff: Introduction to systematic reviews & evidence syntheses - searching for studies

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Bodleian iSkills for the Medical Sciences Division and OUH staff: Introduction to systematic reviews & evidence syntheses - searching for studies

In this online workshop you will be introduced to the principles underpinning the conduct of literature searches for systematic reviews and evidence syntheses:

•    Formulating a search strategy to address research questions
•    Applying methodological search filters to restrict by study type
•    Choosing appropriate databases and search engines
•    Searching for grey literature and ongoing studies
•    Documenting and reporting your search
•    Storing and managing references

This is an introductory session to the methodologies that underpin the searching process for a systematic review.  There won’t be an opportunity to search different databases during this session. For practical help on searching databases, please have a look at the search skills tutorials or contact our outreach librarians to arrange a 1-2-1 virtual appointment via

Intended Audience:   Students and Researchers in the Medical Sciences Division and OUH staff

Dates and booking:

Online booking requires your SSO (Oxford University Single Sign On).  However, if you are an OUH staff member and do not have an SSO you may book by emailing directly from your OUH email address - make sure you give us the title(s) and date(s) of any workshops you want to book onto!

Next date TBA > Booking closed

Notice of recording

Each live online training session will be recorded for accessibility and inclusivity reasons, and will be shared with all attendees after the session. It may also be put onto Canvas (Oxford University’s virtual learning environment) to enable other Oxford University members with SSO to view it.

A series of pre-recorded videos adapted from this workshop are available.

More information


Presenters:  Nia Roberts; Carolyn Smith; Neal Thurley

Format:  Online teacher-led presentations (with opportunities for questions via chat function and follow up one-to-one help).

What you will need

You will need to provide your own computer with a browser (must be Chrome or Edge) or the Microsoft Teams desktop app installed.  Please read our guidance notes below on using Teams. You need to be online with a reliable internet connection.

Additional information on systematic reviews and evidence syntheses is available.

Related courses

Other workshops in the iSkills series.