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Knowledge Synthesis & Systematic Reviews

Systematic Review Workshop Information

logo for systemtic review workshop seriesAre you considering doing a systematic, scoping, or rapid review but don’t know how to get started? Attend our 5-part series that explores all aspects of comprehensive searching for a knowledge synthesis project. These sessions will focus on the actual skills needed to complete the documenting, searching, translation, deduplication, and screening processes of a systematic, scoping, rapid, or other large-scale comprehensive review. Participants will gain a solid understanding of what is needed to complete a systematic review and why they are an essential part of evidence-based practice.

Graduate students who register and attend all 5 sessions will have it added to their Experience Record

All sessions are online.

Our Spring 2024 sessions will be from May 7, 2024 - May 23, 2024.

Can't wait for the 2024 workshops?  Check out the 2023 series.

Workshop Descriptions

Part 1: Systematic Reviews: The Essentials 

Discover the foundational elements needed to carry out a knowledge synthesis review and what types of reviews to consider including systematic or scoping reviews.  This session provides an introduction to helpful tools and resources to develop a plan to carry out a publishable review.

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Define what a systematic review is
  • Review the standard process of a systematic review
  • Identify the tools and resources needed to complete a systematic review

Part 2: Building Your Systematic Review Step by Step

For those embarking on a a systematic review, this session offers vital insights into necessary preparations. Learn to set up  accounts across relevant programs, establish structured folder systems for seamless organization, and gain expert advice on documenting and conserving searches essential for protocol development.

By the end of this sessions participants will be able to:

  • Outline what information needs to be documented for a systematic review
  • Discuss systematic review protocol formats
  • Create a file structure to organize all relevant files
  • Explore tips and tricks to ensure proper record keeping

Part 3: Advanced Searching Techniques for Systematic Reviews

Dive deeper into the intricacies of systematic reviews by mastering advanced search strategies. Explore the nuances of concept building, the importance of using subject terms and keywords, database shortcuts, and syntax essentials. Uncover invaluable tips on maximizing the potential of OVID databases for advanced searching, supplemented with a guided practice search for practical application.

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Turn a research question into a searchable topic using a structured concept based approach
  • Explore the differences between controlled vocabulary and keywords
  • Practice using the above techniques to build an advanced search

Part 4: Translation

This session provides practical advice and tips for taking an OVID Medline search strategy and translating it for use in other databases. Included will be a discussion of which databases to consider for your systematic review, how to document and search strategies, and exporting your results.

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Identify key databases based on research topic
  • Compare the varying vocabulary and syntax in different databases
  • Practice saving, editing, and documenting searches
  • Translate an Ovid MEDLINE search into EMBASE

Part 5: From ChatGPT to Covidence: Effective use of Tools to Complete a Systematic Review

Systematic reviews demand time and complexity, but with the right tools, they become more manageable. Join us in this workshop to explore a diverse array of programs and tools, including emerging artificial intelligence (AI) tools, designed to streamline various aspects of the review process. From crafting protocols to translating search strategies, deduplicating search results, article screening, citation chaining, and conducting risk of bias assessments, this session covers it all. Tools covered will include Covidence, SR Accelerator, ChatGPT, Yale MeSH Analyzer, Ovid Term Finder, Ovid Search Finder, and others.

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Set up a project in Covidence
  • Upload and de-dupe article records
  • Identify at least 5 tools to help complete a systematic review
  • Select the correct tool for the task being completed
  • Locate helpful tools on the Internet
  • Identity the skills and knowledge required in order to be use SR tools correctly