The University of Southampton
Doctoral College

Systematic Reviews: searching the literature

Systematic Reviews are important particularly in medicine, health and related disciplines. The Cochrane Collaboration definition of a systematic review… “attempts to identify, appraise and synthesize all the empirical evidence that meets pre-specified eligibility criteria to answer a given research question." (Cochrane Collaboration, 2011, Section 1.2

Course Description

This course will provide a brief outline of the systematic review process, with a focus on hands-on literature searching, including different search methods for a range of bibliographic databases.

What you can expect to learn:-

Led by

Vicky Fenerty, Paula Sands and Dorothy Byatt - Library

This session is for

Any doctoral researchers and staff from any discipline who wish to apply the systematic review methodology to their research, but will be of most relevance to researchers in medicine, health, psychology, education and related disciplines. We will only be using Medical and Psychological examples in the training.

Prerequisite: you should be confident with the key subject databases in your research area… Medline, CINAHL, PsycINFO, ERIC etc. If you are unsure whether this course is appropriate please email

Dates and Times

2017/18 dates coming soon!

How to Book

To register for this workshop, please use Gradbook button below. Any questions - contact

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