Systematic Reviews for Librarians


I created an adapted version of the Peer Review of Electronic Search Strategies (PRESS) Assessment Form that is fillable.

Training for Systematic Reviews

A Bibliography

This bibliography was assembled by Carrie Price, MLS, David Farris, MSIS, and Rachael Lebo, MLS.



  • Townsend, W. A., Anderson, P. F., Ginier, E. C., MacEachern, M. P., Saylor, K. M., Shipman, B. L., & Smith, J. E. (2017). A competency framework for librarians involved in systematic reviews. Journal of the Medical Library AssociationL: JMLA, 105(3), 268–275.

Recall and Precision


  • Booth A. (2010). How much searching is enough? Comprehensive versus optimal retrieval for technology assessments. International journal of technology assessment in health care, 26(4), 431–435.
  • Cochrane. (2020). Low and middle income country (LMIC) filter. Cochrane CIS Support Digest, 61.
  • Glanville, J. M., Duffy, S., McCool, R., & Varley, D. (2014). Searching and the International Clinical Trials Registry Platform to inform systematic reviews: what are the optimal search approaches? Journal of the Medical Library Association 102(3), 177–183.
  • Glanville, J., Kotas, E., Featherstone, R., & Dooley, G. (2020). Which are the most sensitive search filters to identify randomized controlled trials in MEDLINE?. Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA, 108(4), 556–563.
  • McGowan, J., & Sampson, M. (2005). Systematic reviews need systematic searchers. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 93(1), 74–80
  • Ross-White A. (2021). Search is a verb: systematic review searching as invisible labor. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 109(3), 505–506.

Systematic Review Guidance

Search Peer Review

Search Reporting

  • Booth, A. (2006). “Brimful of STARLITE”: toward standards for reporting literature searches. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 94(4), 421.
  • Moher, D., Cook, D. J., Eastwood, S., Olkin, I., Rennie, D., & Stroup, D. F. (1999). Improving the quality of reports of meta-analyses of randomised controlled trials: the QUOROM statement. Lancet, 354(9193), 1896–1900.
  • Rethlefsen, M. L., Kirtley, S., Waffenschmidt, S., Ayala, A. P., Moher, D., Page, M. J., Koffel, J. B., & PRISMA-S Group (2021). PRISMA-S: an extension to the PRISMA statement for reporting literature searches in systematic reviews. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 109(2), 174–200.
  • Sacks, H. S., Berrier, J., Reitman, D., Ancona-Berk, V. A., & Chalmers, T. C. (1987). Meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials. New England Journal of Medicine, 316(8), 450-455.
  • Sampson, M., McGowan, J., Tetzlaff, J., Cogo, E., & Moher, D. (2008). No consensus exists on search reporting methods for systematic reviews. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 61(8), 748–754.
  • Stroup, D. F., Berlin, J. A., Morton, S. C., Olkin, I., Williamson, G. D., Rennie, D., … & Thacker, S. B. (2000). Meta-analysis of observational studies in epidemiology: a proposal for reporting. JAMA, 283(15), 2008-2012.