The University of Southampton
Doctoral College

Systematic Reviews: searching the literature

This practical course will show you how to scope, create and test a search strategy for use in a Systematic Review using PsychINFO, EMBASE and Web of Science using the EBSCO, OVID and WoS platforms.

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:-

• Difference between a Systematic Review as a research methodology and a literature search conducted in a systematic way;
• Scoping techniques and frameworks to help with framing your question, writing your protocol and building your search strategy;
• Literature search techniques (using free-text, controlled vocabulary, field codes);
• Learning syntax for different platforms (EBSCO, OVID and WoS).

Led by

Vicky Fenerty, Paula Sands and Dorothy Byatt - Library

This session is for

Any Doctoral Researchers and staff from Medicine, Health and Psychology who wish to apply the systematic review methodology to their research. If you are unsure whether this course is appropriate please email

Dates and Times

Thursday 9th November 2017, 10:00-12:30 - Highfield Campus
Monday 11th December 2017, 10:00-12:30 - Highfield Campus
Friday 12th January 2018, 10:00-12:30 - Highfield Campus
Thursday 1st March 2018, 14:00-16:30 - Highfield Campus
Friday 20th April 2018, 10:00-12:30 - Highfield Campus
Monday 25th June 2018, 14:00-16:30 - Highfield Campus

How to Book

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

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