Brown University's Health Sciences Librarians are available to consult on your literature reviews.
Literature reviews are time- and labor-intensive: a project that goes beyond 2 meetings typically will result in an acknowledgment or co-authorship. For larger projects we may ask for an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) to avoid situations in which a librarian makes a significant scholarly contribution to a review project, only to lose touch with the investigator, or to be left unclear about the status of the project, what to do with the products of his/her work, or how to plan for future involvement in the project.
Note: Co-authorship is requested for this scope of work.
Working with the BUL Systematic Review Program
We clarify expectations at the outset and ask for an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) to avoid situations in which a librarian makes a significant scholarly contribution to a review project, only to lose touch with the investigator, or to be left unclear about the status of the project, what to do with the products of his/her work, or how to plan for future involvement in the project.
Who is eligible to use the BUL Systematic Review Program?
Faculty, staff and students at Brown University, including Brown University/Alpert Medical School Residents and Fellows, and AMS clinical faculty. Any student must be working with a faculty mentor, and the mentor must attend the initial planning meeting.
Timeframe for Literature Searches
The Cochrane Collaboration has reported that comprehensive literature searches for systematic reviews may require 3 to 8 months for completion. For this reason, Brown librarians collaborate on a limited number of reviews at any one time and may not be able to immediately begin work on your literature searches. In the event a librarian is not immediately available to work with you, your request will be placed on a waiting list and we will contact you about an estimated start date.
A librarian who has completed comprehensive literature searches for a review project has made a major scholarly contribution to that project. As such, the librarian should be included as a coauthor on any abstracts or manuscripts that arises from the project and will draft the literature search sections required for these documents. The librarian will be included in discussions about where to submit abstracts or manuscripts, and will be given the opportunity to review, and give final approval of, all abstracts or manuscripts prior to their submission for publication.