Search Strategies for Systematic Reviews in Life Sciences 

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Course Overview

A systematic review is a specific type of research methodology, and includes a literature review that attempts to find all published and unpublished material on a research question. This requires an extensive and reproducible search strategy. Systematic review methodology is most commonly used in the areas of Medicine, Health & Psychology. The examples and databases demonstrated in this session will primarily be within health sciences.

This session will help you

  • Find appropriate databases, keywords and subject terms for your search strategy.
  • Construct a search strategy - including the use of keywords, subject terms, truncation, wildcards, adjacency searching and other search options - in a manner that could be replicated by other researchers.
  • Translate and perform the search across different interfaces.
Aimed At

Early Career Researchers, Post Docs, Research Staff

* Postgraduate Researchers are eligible to attend but must book through


19 May 2020 1000-1200 (webinar)


Selina Lock, Library Research Services supports research students and staff in science, engineering and the life sciences with:

•             Finding information and literature searching

•             Using specialist library collections and databases

•             Using EndNote and RefWorks

•             Systematic Reviews

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