Myth-busting search techniques for a public health systematic review [slides]

ALIA Library

Warton, Lyndall

Asia-Pacific Library and Information Conference 2018, 30 July - 2 August 2018 Gold Coast: Roar Leap Dare
This conference presentation (PowerPoint slides) accompanied the talk on undertaking a systematic review.
As a mid-career librarian who has worked as a sole librarian, digital collections co-ordinator, liaison librarian and someone who has developed two electronic publication databases I decided to challenge myself further and undertake a systematic review. This step involved leaping into the world of research, ultimately opening the door to new possibilities. The systematic review will contribute to completing a Masters by Research in the discipline of nutrition and public health.
The systematic review follows Cochrane review methods and all aspects of the review are undertaken with a minimum of two reviewers. A strict set of selection criteria has been used to gather the final articles selected for inclusion and a bias assessment has been conducted.
The search strategies and techniques will be provided in detail. The search process will be broken down to demonstrate the steps used to achieve the final set of results for the systematic review. In doing so I hope to dispel some myths about how to develop a search strategy, as well as share any new insights. 
The paper will provide a brief overview of the systematic review process, whilst placing a wider lens on the idiosyncrasies of the search component. My conclusions will address sustainable search methods in this current environment where there are numerous information sources at hand.


Deakin, ACT: Australian Library and Information Association
Menzies School of Health Research