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Systematic & Advanced Evidence Synthesis Reviews


Systematic and other types of advanced evidence synthesis reviews are methodologies used to answer questions to inform practice or future research using reproducible, transparent, and comprehensive literature reviews. They often also involve quality assessment and additional synthesis measures such as a meta analysis. They are done in many fields including health sciences, education, and social sciences. This guide includes information applicable to all disciplines because, although the databases and grey literature searched differ between disciplines, the review methodology is the same.

Attribution, Acknowledgement, Authorship

Since a systematic review (and evidence synthesis projects of other types) is a large, challenging, and time consuming undertaking, utilizing the expertise of an information professional requires attribution of their role. Here is outlined suggested levels of attribution dependent on level of involvement from the librarian.

Librarian Involvement


Design search, execute search, compile citations, create search strategy appendix, write methods section


Design search, execute search, compile citations

Acknowledgement, but depending on comprehensiveness, co-authorship may be appropriate

Designing simple search strategy for researcher to augment and run themselves


Reviewing existing search strategy

Acknowledgement appreciated, but not required


Health Sciences Librarians