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Systematic Reviews

Explaining the systematic review process and the resources available at the Dana Health Sciences Library.

Systematic & Scoping Review Services at Dana

The Dana Health Sciences Library provides systematic and scoping review support to affiliates of Larner College of Medicine, College of Nursing & Health Sciences, and the University of Vermont Medical Center. It is recommended that you consult with a librarian at the outset of your project, when you are planning your review. We offer two support models for reviews, each with different levels of effort and expectation.

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Consultation model: With this model, a librarian will discuss your project with you, review any terms you have or show you how to develop a terms list, advise on database selection, and provide an overview of the review process. This discussion typically occurs in a one-hour meeting, in person or via Zoom. Review teams then run their own searches and continue the process with minimal input from the librarian.

Collaboration model: With this model, librarians collaborate with you to:

  • Formulate your research question.
  • Investigate whether there is already a published systematic or scoping review on your topic or whether there is one currently under development.
  • Plan the search and write the search methods for your review protocol.
  • Determine which sources to search and develop sensitive search strategies for each source.
  • Identify appropriate search filters and execute the searches.
  • Advise on the choice of screening platforms.
  • De-duplicate search results with EndNote
  • Assist with obtaining full-text articles.
  • Identify tools and strategies to capture the data for the PRISMA flow diagram.
  • Document the search process for reporting purposes.
  • Write the search methods of the review.
  • Review the manuscript prior to submission.


Librarians collaborating on systematic and scoping reviews commonly satisfy the criteria for authorship set forth by ICMJE. Co-authorship is expected when a librarian serves as collaborator rather than a consultant. If your project is in support of a grant proposal, plan to discuss the appropriate allocation of effort and include the librarian as a co-investigator.

In addition, we also strongly encourage that the post peer-review copy of the manuscript be submitted to UVM ScholarWorks unless prohibited by the journal publisher. A librarian can complete this task for the team. 

Meta-analysis assistance

Dana Library does not offer assistance with meta-analysis or meta-analytic methods. Contact the UVM Biomedical Statistics Research Core for inquiries regarding meta-analysis.