If you have specific questions regarding your systematic review, such as whether you have selected the right databases or used the right search terms in your search strategy, please visit our Online Forum. The Forum can offer support and guidance in developing your search strategy. It can be accessed through the KLaSS module Finding and Evaluating Information, under Advanced Searching for Systematic Reviews: online forum.
We encourage you to use the guidance in this library guide and the online e-learning on KEATS, as well as potentially attending one of the face-to-face group training courses bookable through Skills Forge.
When using the Searching for Systematic Review Forum for more in-depth enquiries, it is helpful for you to provide us with:
Courses on literature review searching and on advanced search techniques for systematic reviews are run during term time and can be booked for free via Skills Forge (King's College London staff and students) or the NHS session booking form. Bookings are taken on a first come, first served basis.
Please note that undergraduates wishing to attend a course on searching for systematic reviews should contact their supervisor/tutor in order to make contact with the library to arrange group training.
Assistance on the basics of searching techniques is currently available to all students and staff via email or Live Chat. We also hold Drop-Ins, 1-1 appointments and an online Forum where you can go for support from a librarian on these topics. Please see your Subject LibGuide for details under the tab 'Library 1-1s, Drop-Ins and Training Courses'.
Assessing and appraising the quality of each study or report that you are considering for inclusion in your review is an important step within a systematic review. Whilst this step is outside the scope of this Library Guide there is some training on critical appraisal available:
Some other training provided by external organisations includes:
University of York: Centre for Reviews and Dissemination's Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Critical Appraisal Course
Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine's training on Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine
Cochrane Interactive Learning is aimed primarily for authors of systematic reviews following Cochrane methodology. It is useful for both introductory-level learners and more experienced learners who want to refresh and update their knowledge. This course provides over 10 hours of self-directed learning on the complete systematic review process for both new and experienced review authors.
Module 1: Introduction to conducting systematic reviews is a free module but the remaining modules require a subscription. At this stage there is no full institutional access at King's so if you are interested in accessing the other modules we recommend you assess whether the material would be suitable and talk to your supervisor or research group with regard to setting up an individual subscription.