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Introduction to Systematic Reviews

To be offered by Cornell University Library Systematic Review Service For more information on this service, please visit

A systematic review is a literature review whose aim is to identify and synthesize all of the scholarly research on a particular topic, including both published and unpublished studies. Systematic reviews should be conducted in an unbiased, reproducible way to provide evidence for practice and policy-making and to identify gaps in research. In this workshop, we will provide an introduction to the main components and considerations of a systematic review.

Topics include:

  • How to clearly identify your research question
  • Defining inclusion and exclusion criteria
  • Identifying relevant databases and other sources for searching the scholarly literature, including the gray literature
  • Designing and implementing search strategies
  • Evaluating risk of bias
  • Methods for presenting and assessing the quality of evidence

Note that this workshop does not cover any of the statistical techniques commonly used to assess systematic reviews. Participants are encourage to attend the Introduction to Meta-Analysis workshop to be held after this workshop.

Fee: None to members of the Cornell community, but registration is required. Since space is limited, early registration is encouraged.

For times and locations of upcoming workshops, please see the Workshop Schedule.