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Psychology Subject Guide — Systematic Reviews & Other Evidence Syntheses

Find resources for your research in the psychological sciences.

Consulting Services for Evidence Syntheses

If you are planning any kind of evidence synthesis project requiring systematic searching, such as a systematic review, meta-analysis, or scoping review, you are welcome to make a research appointment. I can consult with you on topics such as keyword generation, understanding controlled vocabularies, identifying relevant databases, and managing your citations. At this time, I am not able to design and execute searches on behalf of research teams.

Developing Your Search Strategy

A great technique for planning your search is to use a concept table to track all the keywords and subject headings (controlled vocabulary) you identify as potentially useful. Beginning your concept table before meeting with me can also make our research consultation more productive.

Open and copy a concept table (either the Sheets or Docs version, depending on your preference) to your own Google Drive, then use it to plan your search strategy.

Learn More about Evidence Syntheses

There are many varieties of review articles and evidence syntheses beyond systematic reviews and meta-analyses. The following two articles can be very helpful in illuminating the many different types of reviews. You may also want to look at the flow chart from Cornell University Library to help you select a review type.

Librarians at UConn Health have put together an excellent guide to Systematic Reviews, Meta-Analyses, & Evidence Syntheses. There are many types of evidence syntheses beyond systematic reviews and meta-analyses, all of which have different purposes and expectations. Regardless of the type you choose, searching in databases like PubMed or Scopus is only part of what is expected when reviewing the literature. I recommend consulting this research guide for more information.

The UConn Health systematic review service is for UConn Health students, faculty, and staff only, but their research guide is still extremely informative. Consult your liaison librarian (in your case, that's me) if you have questions when developing your evidence synthesis project. The scope of my consulting services is above.