Cornell University Library Systematic Review Service

Are you preparing for a systematic review? A systematic review aims to identify and synthesize all of the scholarly research on a particular topic, including both published and unpublished studies. Systematic reviews are conducted in an unbiased, reproducible way to provide evidence for practice and policy-making and to identify gaps in research. If you’re not sure that a systematic review is the right type of literature review for you, or to get started in learning about systematic reviews, see our Systematic Review guide.

Cornell University Library offers a systematic review service to research staff, graduate students and faculty at Cornell. This is a service that is provided free of charge, but may be subject to availability of library staff. To initiate a consultation about your systematic review, fill out the form below. 

Librarians can provide help and expertise in the following areas of a systematic review:

  • Identifying relevant databases and other sources for searching the scholarly literature, including the gray literature.
  • Designing and implementing complex, database-specific search strategies.
  • Using reference management software and other tools for managing the study gathering and selection process.
  • Creating search alerts to ensure that new studies are found while the review is in progress.
  • Guidance on the systematic review process and protocol development.
  • Finding and evaluating systematic reviews that have already been published.

Depending on the level of involvement, a librarian may also contribute to writing the methods section of the submitted manuscript and may serve as a co-author on the final publication.

Librarians are also available to provide in-class instruction on systematic review methodology. To request an instruction session or workshop, fill out the Instruction Request Form and indicate your interest in systematic reviews.

If you have any questions about this service, please write to us at  Please note that this systematic review service is for the those at the Ithaca campus.  If you are a researcher at Weill Cornell Medical College, please submit a request on the Weill Cornell Systematic Review Service Page.  

Systematic Review Request Form

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