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Announcing Spring 2024 Systematic Reviews Webinar Series

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Join us for a weekly series of webinars on topics related to systematic reviews and other evidence synthesis methods, delivered by UIC Library faculty. Learn about methods, tips, and resources for planning, conducting, and documenting your review. Webinars take place every Tues. from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. from January 30-April 30, 2024. There will be no webinar on March 19 due to spring break.

All webinars will be offered via Zoom, and will be recorded and made available to all who registered.

Please register in advance for each webinar and indicate if you plan to attend the live session or review the recording. PLEASE NOTE: You must complete a separate registration for each webinar you wish to attend.

For questions or more information, contact Rosie Hanneke at or Amelia Brunskill at

Overview of Literature Review Types
January 30
Do you know that there are over 40 types of literature reviews? Learn the basics of several literature review methods such as systematic and scoping reviews, and find the best fit for your project!

An Introduction to Scoping Reviews
February 6
While this series is focused on systematic reviews, scoping reviews aim to identify the nature and extent of available evidence. Because of the process and approach, scoping reviews and systematic reviews have much in common. This webinar describes the key characteristics and steps of scoping reviews which may help you decide which review type is a better fit for your research question.

What's a Protocol and How Do You Use It?
February 13
People talk about protocols in Systematic Reviews all the time, but few actually know what goes into it or how to create a great one. This session will show you all the tricks to creating a protocol for your project, ensuring you stay on task and on vision as your Systematic Review gets started.

Considerations for Systematic Review Project Documentation
February 20
Systematic review and other evidence synthesis projects are lengthy, complex projects that require attention to detail in order to perform well. In this webinar, we will cover what minimum documentation standards for a systematic review project should look like. We will also cover what to expect from systematic review support software and its limitations for this type of work.

Basics of building a search strategy: creating an initial search in PubMed
February 27
Systematic reviews require careful construction, implementation, and documentation of your search. Learn the basics about building a comprehensive and reproducible search strategy following best practices, including how to create an initial search in PubMed.

Basics of building a search strategy: Translating searches to other databases
March 5
Searching systematically involves searching in multiple databases, all of which may require different formatting for search terms and also have their own systems of controlled vocabulary. This webinar will discuss how to take an initial search strategy and translate it for different databases.

Grey literature searching: Trial registries, working papers, and more
March 12
Depending on discipline, there may be important data for your review outside of scholarly journals. Clinical trial registries, working papers, dissertations, and conference papers are just a few sources of potentially relevant grey literature. This session will cover types of grey literature, tips for searching, and how to document this part of your review.

Systematic Reviews in the Classroom: Considerations for Assigning Evidence Synthesis
March 26
Are you considering, or do you already assign systematic reviews or other evidence synthesis projects? Join us to review best practices for pursuing these projects, identify resources for supporting students on these assignments, and discuss balancing time constraints with developing student research and methodology skills.

All About PRISMA
April 2
You may have heard of PRISMA diagrams or seen the abbreviation in published reviews. What is the correct way to implement these standards when conducting a review? This webinar will discuss the role of PRISMA--Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses--in writing review protocols and publications.

Standards/guidelines - What is Cochrane and Joanna Briggs?
April 9
Evidence synthesis methodology intends to guide researchers on preparing rigorous and repeatable reviews. In this webinar, we will review a few of the major organizations/institutes that are shaping how systematic reviews are conducted through their manuals, guidelines, and standards.

Introduction to Covidence: A powerful systematic review tool
April 16
Covidence is a systematic review tool that UIC subscribes to that assists researchers with the review and extraction stages for systematic and scoping reviews. This webinar will provide an overview of how this tool works and how interested researchers can set up an account.

Deduplicating your records: Overview of decisions, process, and tools
April 23
When doing a systematic review, researchers usually end up with a large number of records that are duplicates. This webinar will discuss different options for removing duplicates, and what decisions and documentation is needed for this process.

Citation searching: An essential step in your review
April 30
Citation searching is a critical but often overlooked component of systematic review search methods. In this session, learn how to conduct backwards and forwards citation searching for a review, export and screen the citations, and add them to your review.

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