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Fri 7 Jun 2019
14:00 - 16:00

Venue: Clinical School, Medical Library, Library Training Room

Provided by: Cambridge University Libraries


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Medicine: Systematic Literature Reviews - A 'How To' Guide (for University and NHS)

Fri 7 Jun 2019

Description

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?

This session assumes attendees have already had prior introductory training in literature searching. It is a prerequisite that you have attended either Introduction to Literature Searching (if you are a University of Cambridge staff member or student) or Getting the Best Results - Improving Your Database Searching (if you are an NHS staff member). Exceptions will be made if you received similar training from another department or university - please contact us if you have any questions about prerequisites.

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
Prerequisites

Attendance at either Introduction to Literature Searching (if you are a University of Cambridge staff member or student) or Getting the Best Results - Improving Your Database Searching (if you are an NHS staff member).

Sessions

Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Fri 7 Jun   14:00 - 16:00 14:00 - 16:00 Clinical School, Medical Library, Library Training Room map Veronica Phillips
Aims

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
Format

Presentations, demonstrations and practicals

Notes
  • The Medical Library is located on the Addenbrooke’s site
Duration

One session of two hours

Frequency

A number of times per year

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Theme
Medicine

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