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Wed 12 Jul 2017
10:00 - 12:00


Provided by: Cambridge University Libraries


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Medicine: Systematic Literature Reviews - A 'How To' Guide

Wed 12 Jul 2017


Before undertaking any piece of primary research it’s important to be aware of as much of the existing literature as possible. A systematic literature review can also be a research end in itself. And it’s not something to be taken lightly. But how can you be sure you’re being as rigorous as necessary? How can you manage the references you find, document the process, and also know when to stop searching?

If you need to do a systematic literature review, and you’re not able to make sense of the search strategy behind this paper then this course is for you. Please bring along details of your own topic so that the session can be tailored to address your specific needs.

Participants will need to bring their own laptop or tablet. If you cannot bring your own device, please contact

Target audience
  • Postgraduates in Science, and Medicine in particular
  • Researchers in Science, and Medicine in particular
  • Further details regarding Cambridge University Library's eligibility criteria are available

Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Wed 12 Jul 2017   10:00 - 12:00 10:00 - 12:00 Clinical School, Medical Library, Library Training Room map Eleanor Barker

This course will address:

  • how to clarify the question (or perhaps questions) on which you need to find literature
  • selecting the databases and other resources you will need to search
  • devising the most comprehensive literature search strategy so you know you’ve not missed any relevant studies
  • keeping up to date with new information appearing between the initial search and write-up
  • issues around documentation of process and results
  • management of references (using software such as EndNote), and getting hold of the full text article

Presentations, demonstrations and practicals

  • The Medical Library is located on the Addenbrooke’s site
  • Please bring along details of your own topic so that the session can be tailored to address your specific needs

One session of three hours


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