Systematic Reviews & Meta-analyses: Help & Workshops

Guidance on conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

We are here to help!

We are here to help!

Set up a Consultation

Meet with someone from the Evidence Synthesis Services (ESS) Team at the University Libraries. Team contact information is provided at the bottom of this page. If you're not sure who to reach out to, check out our Team Communications in the small box on the right-side of this page.

Attend a Workshop

We host several workshops every Fall and Spring semester. Check out the Upcoming Workshops box below for more details and sign-up links!

*NEW* Earn the Evidence Synthesis Badge!

Starting Spring 2021, you can earn an Evidence Synthesis Workshop Series Badge for participating in all of our workshops. To fulfil the requirement for Covidence, you only have to attend one of the Covidence Q&A sessions, or "The Basics of Covidence" asynchronous workshop.

Sign up for the badge program here

Evidence Synthesis Basics - Spring 2021

If you would like to receive PDN credit for any of these workshops or sessions, please sign up through the PDN link. 

You only have to sign up once - either through the Library's Event Page or PDN.

Evidence Synthesis Reviews 101

Evidence synthesis (ES) reviews are comprehensive, rigorous reviews of information and often serve as the foundation of evidence-based decision making. ES review approaches include systematic, rapid, restricted, and scoping reviews. By the end of this 1.5 hour session, you’ll be able to describe the different types of evidence synthesis reviews, describe the general steps required in an evidence synthesis review, be familiar with guidelines and tools, and consider whether these approaches are appropriate for your research goals and / or question(s).

Comprehensive Searches for Literature Reviews

Conducting a comprehensive literature review can be overwhelming - but there are approaches and resources that can make this process easier. Join us for this 1.5 hour workshop where we’ll discuss approaches to identifying essential information sources (e.g., academic databases) and designing a comprehensive search strategy. While this systematic approach comes from evidence synthesis review methods, it is transferable to any literature review.

Grey Literature 101

Have you ever considered working with non-peer reviewed information such as: white papers, conference presentations, government reports, news and media, etc., but not sure where to start? These kinds of resources, commonly referred to as “Grey Literature” are often overlooked but can be very valuable to your research. Whether you’re conducting a Systematic Review or just interested in learning more, join this 1.5 hour workshop to learn how grey literature is defined, and how it varies across disciplines; the gaps grey literature can fill; how to appraise the quality of grey literature; and how to find grey literature.

Literature Review Tricks & Tools

2 - 3:30 pm on Monday, April 12, 2021

Where do you go to search; how can you stay organized; how can you access something the library doesn’t have in its collections; and how can you be alerted to new studies that have just come out?  In this 1.5 hour session, we’ll introduce you to tricks and helpful tools that address these questions.

Critically Appraising Literature for Evidence Synthesis Reviews 101

Critical appraisal is a universally useful skill, applicable during a literature review, while assessing an article you’ve found. In this 1.5 hour session, we’ll introduce you to why critical appraisal is important , specifically in the context of evidence synthesis reviews. Participants will be introduced to several critical appraisal tools to evaluate the risk of bias in individual studies and larger evidence synthesis reviews. We’ll also discuss how you may consider approaching critical appraisal in your own review, including how to find and create appropriate risk of bias tools.

 

Covidence Q&A

Sign up for March 15 (2 - 2:30 pm)!

Sign up for May 3 (2 - 2:30 pm)!

PDN Link 

We will offer two 30-minute Q&A sessions through PDN for anyone who is using, or interested in using, the systematic review software “Covidence”. Whether you’re conducting a full systematic review, or just have a large number of references to review, this software will help streamline and keep track of the process. Prior to attendance, participants may watch a pre-recorded video that provides an overview of how to use Covidence. You’ll receive PDN credit for watching the video, or participating the Q&A session - and double credit for doing both! 

Systematic Review Team at the University Libraries

Cozette Comer

Evidence Synthesis Librarian

Liaison to Mathematics, Statistics, Computational Modeling and Data Analytics (CMDA), the Center of Biostatistics and Health Data Science

cozette@vt.edu

Kiri DeBose

Head of Veterinary Medicine Library

Liaison to Animal Sciences 

kdebose@vt.edu

Virginia (Ginny) Pannabecker

Director of Research Engagement and Collaboration

Liaison to Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, Systems Biology

vpannabe@vt.edu

SR Team Communications

Email us at:

srconsultation-g@vt.edu

In your email, let us know:

  1. Your current project research focus, planning stage, timeline, and goals
  2. Two to three meeting times that would work well for you during the next 2 weeks.

Or Book a Consultation through the library-wide portal!

Covidence Self-Paced Workshop

The Basics of Covidence

Sign up here!

Watch this video at your own pace to learn about the systematic review software, “Covidence”. Whether you’re conducting a full systematic review, or just have a large number of references to review, this software will help streamline and keep track of the process. In addition to watching this video, participants may attend a Q&A session (March 15May 3) with the ESS Team at the University Libraries. You’ll receive PDN credit for watching the video, or participating the Q&A session - and double credit for doing both!