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Systematic Reviews

This guide is intended for students, research assistants and faculty who are planning to undertake a systematic review, or who are interested in applying systematic research methods to a current project.

Help From the Library

TMU Libraries has a consultant model of support, where subject liaison librarians provide advice to literature or systematic review projects through an in-depth consultation, or a series of consultations. This model provides a time-limited level of support and advice, which could include:

  • Recommendations of relevant databases and grey literature sources
  • Advice on developing search strategies
  • Demonstrations of database searching
  • Guidance on the use of citation management tools or other softwares in the review process

More information about evidence synthesis support at TMU Libraries, including eligibility, are available on our website:

Acknowledging Library Support

If a subject librarian has supported your review in any of the ways listed above, it is best practice to acknowledge that support in the acknowledgement section of your published review.  Contact your librarian to ask how they would like to be acknowledged. 

Acknowledgement vs. Co-authorship

If substantial contributions are required from a librarian and meet the ICMJE criteria for authorship, co-authorship is required. Co-authorship differs from acknowledgement, as it involves a librarian voluntarily joining your team as a collaborator and being listed amongst the authors of your review.  

More information about acknowledgements and co-authorship are available on our website: