Evidence Synthesis Service
The University Libraries provides evidence synthesis support to CMU students, researchers and staff. Evidence synthesis includes methods such as systematic reviews and meta-analyses, scoping reviews, systematic mapping reviews, rapid reviews and other systematic or structured approaches to literature reviews. For more information about evidence synthesis methods, visit our evidence synthesis research guide.
How can the Libraries help?
Librarians trained in evidence synthesis methods can provide support in many stages of the review process. For example, we can:
- Provide guidance on which methodology best suits your research goals
- Recommend databases and other information sources for searching
- Design and implement comprehensive and reproducible database-specific search strategies
- Provide guidance and training on software for article screening including Covidence, Rayyan and SysRev
- Assist in the use of citation management software for deduplication of records
- Offer best practices for the documentation and reporting of searches
- Offer guidance on performing comprehensive literature reviews for IACUC protocols, grant proposals, or evidence-based guidelines
Depending on the level of involvement, librarians can serve in either a consulting capacity, or can be a collaborator and co-author on your published review.
To set up an initial consultation about your evidence synthesis project, please fill out this form: