Cornell University Library Evidence Synthesis Service

Cornell University Library offers an evidence synthesis service to research staff, graduate students and faculty in all departments at Cornell's Ithaca campus. We support a range of review methodologies, including systematic reviews, scoping reviews, evidence gap maps, umbrella reviews, and others. To initiate a consultation about your evidence synthesis, fill out the form below and visit our resource guide to learn more. 

We are committed to guiding and collaborating with investigators on the following tasks:

  • Choosing the best review methodology to fit your timeline, question scope and discipline
  • Identifying relevant databases for searching the scholarly literature, including the gray literature
  • Designing and implementing complex, database-specific search strategies
  • Using citation management software for gathering studies
  • Using article screening and selection tools like Covidence
  • Guidance on the research synthesis process and protocol development
  • Finding and evaluating evidence syntheses that have already been published


Librarians who write the search methodology section of the synthesis should be included as a co-author. Librarians who collaborate on search strategy formation and/or citation management should be acknowledged in the final publication.

How Librarians Can Help


Cornell University Library has an unlimited license to Covidence for members of the Cornell community located on the main campus in Ithaca, NY. Sign up for access to Covidence here and visit our resource guide for more information.

In-Class Instruction

Librarians are available to provide in-class instruction on evidence synthesis methodology. To request an instruction session or workshop, or if you have any other questions about this service, please write to us at   

If you are a researcher at Weill Cornell Medical College, please submit a request on the Weill Cornell Systematic Review Service Page.

Evidence Synthesis Request Form

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