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Gerstein Science Information Centre

Knowledge syntheses: Systematic & Scoping Reviews, and other review types

Services offered for systematic, scoping, and other types of reviews

Knowledge syntheses can be challenging and confusing at times. The librarians at Gerstein Science Information Centre offer 2 tiers of services for supporting knowledge syntheses, should you have more questions after reading this guide thoroughly. If you're interested in learning how to effectively construct comprehensive search strategies, please consult Searching the Literature: Guide to Comprehensive Searching in the Health Sciences.

Tier 1: Consultation Service for knowledge syntheses associated with course-work & thesis/dissertation

Who is eligible: Students, faculty, staff, and researchers affiliated with the University of Toronto.

What it entails:

  • A librarian will provide a consultation on how to conduct a comprehensive search strategy. 

  • The librarian will not be a team member nor create the search strategies

Send an email to your liaison librarian. If you don't know who that is, you can look them up in this directory.  


If you are in the health sciences, submit a request for a consultation by filling out the Consultation Service Request.

Tier 2: Knowledge syntheses service for research & publication (i.e. not for coursework or thesis/dissertation)

Who is eligible: Principal investigators, who are faculty affiliated with the University of Toronto in the health sciences. This service is NOT for students or faculty outside the health sciences, who are not the principal investigator.

Eligible projects:  Any knowledge syntheses study leading to original research, NOT for the purpose of assignments or course-related studies.  

What it entails: A librarian may join your team and:

  • Create, validate and translate the search strategies

  • Advise on databases to search

  • Document the search strategies

  • Write the search methodology section

  • Suggest keywords when submitting manuscript)s) for publication

  • Respond to peer reviewers' comment as appropriate

  • Be included as a coauthor on publication(s)

Take a look at our Systematic & scoping review service (SSRS) and determine your eligibility.