Skip to Main Content
The University of Manitoba campuses are located on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Ojibwe-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the National Homeland of the Red River M├ętis. More

Knowledge Synthesis & Systematic Reviews


logo for systemtic review workshop seriesAre you considering starting a systematic, scoping, or rapid review but don’t know how to get started? Watch 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.

University of Manitoba Co-Curricular Seal

Part 1: Introduction to Systematic Reviews
Part 2: Setting up a Search 
Part 3: Advanced Searching 
Part 4: Translation 
Part 5: Using Covidence for Your Review 

See the left hand menu for resources on individual session topics and recordings of previous webinars 

Part 1: Introduction to Systematic Reviews

This session delves into what is really involved in completing a systematic review. It explores the role that systematic reviews play in in the evidence-based decision-making process while also discussing other knowledge synthesis products. The session introduces participants to a six-step process for completing a systematic review and identifies tools and resources to assist in the process.

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: Setting Up A Search

This session helps participants understand what they need to do to prepare for a systematic review. This will include setting up accounts in all the relevant programs, folder structures for keeping organized, and tricks and tips for documenting and saving searches for developing a protocol.

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

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

Part 3: Advanced Searching

This session will provide practical advice for advance searching in OVID Medline, including: Subject heading searches; adjacency searching; field codes; frequency search; nesting; and filters. We’ll also look at searching and considerations when exploring grey literature.

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
  • Try 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: Using Covidence for Your Review

Covidence is an online tool that makes the review process easier and more efficient. This session will introduce participants to Covidence, and the various functions built in to the software. By the end of this session participants will be able to :

  • Set up a project in Covidence
  • Upload and de-dupe article records
  • Screen records for inclusion/exclusion
  • Upload fulltext for fulltext screening
  • Customize their data extraction form
  • Export a PRISMA flow diagram for the completed review


Have you spotted an error on this page? Please contact with details. Thank you.