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An Introduction to Systematic Searching

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This workshop will provide attendees with the knowledge and skills to conduct a basic systematic search of the literature

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A basic understanding of searching and using databases.


One of the key features of all evidence synthesis is to conduct a systematic search strategy. Systematic literature searching requires that we plan and run searches in a way that ensures clarity, validity and reliability. Documenting the searching process is vital to ensure transparency and reproducibility.


This workshop provides attendees with the knowledge and skills to conduct a basic systematic search of the literature including running searches on key databases, experimenting with search filters and exploring supplementary searching.

Learning outcomes

In this course, participants will be enabled to:

• Design a basic systematic search strategy

• Use study-design search filters

• Explore supplementary search techniques

• Report the search methods

Teaching strategies

The workshop will consist of a mixture of short presentations, small group activities with practical exercises. A short reading list / activity list will be sent to enrolled attendees in advance of the session. The number of participants for the course is limited to 30.


Presenter: Mike Smalle, Academic Skills Librarian, NUI Galway Library

Course content/timetable

9:00: An Introduction to Searching: searching basics.

9:15: Using Subject Headings and Keywords (including exercises).

9:45: Conducting a systematic search/ Translating the research question (presentation and activities).

10:30: Methodological search filters (incl. exercises).

11:00: Break

11:30: Peer reviewing search strategies (Group activity)

12:00: Supplementary Search Techniques

12:30: Documenting and reporting the search strategy

1:00: Wrap up, discussion and evaluation

1:30: Close

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