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Searching for Systematic Reviews: Workshops & further support

This guide brings together information and guidance on effective searching for journal articles and grey literature for those undertaking a systematic review.

KEATS modules

Are you having trouble booking onto a face-to-face session? We have created a comprehensive e-learning pathway called Searching for Health Topics: Advanced that includes everything we cover in the face-to-face session, but you can learn anywhere and anytime.

To find the course, click the link to KLaSS below and look for Finding and Evaluating Information.

Online Forum

Photo of group discussionIf 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:

  • Your current research topic or focused question
  • Any search terms or keywords you are currently using
  • Examples of databases you have searched
  • Examples of research papers you would expect to see when using these search terms
  • Screen grabs of your database search or a Word document with the search strategy detailed line by line (see appendices of existing systematic reviews)

LIB261: Session materials


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'.

Critical Appraisal and External Training

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:

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. 

Statistics - support and software training

Are you looking for support for statistics or training in statistical software to help with the data analysis stage of your systematic review/meta-analysis?

Study Skills Maths