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Stony Brook University

Systematic Reviews: Request Help

A guide to conducting systematic reviews.

Library Services

The Health Sciences Library offers support for Stony Brook researchers conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Librarians have specialized expertise in literature searching, controlled vocabularies, search strategy construction, and resource utilization and selection that can be highly valuable in the SR research process. Our services range from basic training and consultation to higher levels of involvement for which author credit is expected (see table below). If you are writing a grant that involves a systematic review and you wish to contract librarian expertise on an hourly basis, that may be available as well. Please contact us by email ( or via the online request form to discuss your SR topic, scope, timeline, and assistance needs.

Service Standard Support Requires Author Credit
Advice on search question formulation X  
Guidance with Systematic Reviews X  
Advice on database/source selection for specific topics X  
Instruction on database platforms/interfaces available at SBU X  
Instruction on search techniques and methods X  
Training in use of bibliographic citation management software such as EndNote to manage and share results X  
Development and documentation of full search protocol (formal comprehensive search strategies   X
Translation of search strategies as appropriate for each database   X
Running the search protocol (running searches in multiple databases and recording stats   X
Downloading and de-duplicating results in citation management software   X
Writing search methods according to PRISMA or other appropriate guidelines   X