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University of Washington Health Sciences Library

Systematic Reviews (SR)

HSL Systematic Review Services

The librarians of the UW Health Sciences Library support the needs of UW researchers conducting systematic reviews and other large search projects. Services range from consultations and trainings free of charge, to services with a high level of involvement, where there is a charge for librarians' time. Depending upon the complexity of the topic and number of databases searched, librarians typically spend between 20 and 40 hours on a systematic review. The rate, when paid by UW budget number, is $42/hour. Contact us to discuss your SR topic, scope and timeline. For unfunded SR projects, please contact us to negotiate a level of service.

Range of services:

  • Advice on formulation of search questions
  • Guidance with systematic review steps and tools
  • Advice on databases/sources selection for specific topics
  • Instruction in database platforms available at UW
  • Instruction in search techniques and methods
  • Training in use of bibliographic citation software (e.g. EndNote, RefWorks) to manage and share results
  • Development and documentation of formal, comprehensive strategies for reproducible searches
  • Assistance in translation of strategies for each database platform
  • Writing search methods according to PRISMA or other appropriate guidelines
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