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Mission: The Briscoe Library's liaison librarians support evidence-based health care practice and research at UT Health San Antonio by providing guidance and expertise to those conducting structured literature reviews, such as systematic, scoping, integrative, or rapid reviews.
Service: The liaison librarians offer two tiers of support (see below). We require that review authors correctly attribute the librarian who assists them according to the level of participation.
To speak with a librarian about your structured review, please review the Get Started with a Request checklist below, then use the Service Request Form.
Other pages of this guide provide more information on structured reviews, how to get started, and a librarian's role in the process.
Get Started with a Request
Develop a clearly defined research question.
Select a review type appropriate for your question and desired results.
Form a team of at least three reviewers. Include a statistician if conducting a systematic review or meta-analysis.
Systematic reviews are a type of research that clinicians can use to make decisions. Research begins with an a priori protocol.
Protocols are useful for all review types because they help the team understand what they want to do, how they will conduct their review prior to starting the process, and makes writing the final manuscript easier.
Additionally, some journals request protocol registry numbers for the final manuscript. It is recommended to submit the protocol and receive feedback prior to extracting data.
Tier 1 Service
This level of service is open to all UT Health San Antonio affiliates (students, staff, residents, faculty, etc.), and includes:
A limit of 4-5 consultations
For a class
To review and advise on database searches
To determine feasibility of a project
Tier 2 Service
This full featured level of service includes several comprehensive steps. This level isopen toall UT Health San Antonio faculty, or affiliates working directly with a faculty member, intending to publish a final manuscript . The items below detail the role of your assigned librarian throughout the process. At this time, we CANNOT ACCEPT requests for reviews led by outside faculty.
Discuss team roles, the review question, and a timeline
Provide guidance on the research synthesis (review) process and protocol development
Search for existing reviews or protocols related to the topic
Perform a limited initial literature search to assess feasibility
Search Development and Execution
Help refine the research question (PICO, etc.)
Develop and refine the initial search strategy in collaboration with the team
Identify databases appropriate for the topic
Translate and execute search across all databases
Determine whether to search gray literature
Develop gray literature search
Assist in identifying key journals for handsearching
Compile and remove duplicate citations in EndNote
Provide initial number(s) of results for PRISMA flow diagram
Transfer citations to team via EndNote export
Assist with obtaining "hard to find" full-text articles
Provide EndNote library for citation chaining of included articles; backward citation chaining is sometimes called ancestry searching or bibliography
Manuscript Development and Submission
Provide full and formatted search strategy for the appendix as required by publisher or PRISMA guidelines
Write and deliver manuscript sections related to the search methodology