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Health Sciences Literature Reviews

Overview of the library's service and a listing of resources to get started with your review.

About BUL's Health Sciences Literature Review Service

The Department of Health and Biomedical Library Services (HBLS) is available to provide support for scientific literature reviews. To request a consult for library support for your review, please read the following service guidelines and fill out the intake form below. You may contact with further questions.

Who is eligible to use the BUL Health Sciences Literature Review Service?

Faculty, staff and students at Brown University, including Alpert Medical School (AMS) residents, fellows, and clinical faculty, are eligible for this service. Cross-institutional research teams with at least one member affiliated with Brown University are also eligible.

  • For students doing independent research, one or two 1-hr consultations are typically enough to help define the question and develop the search strategies.

  • For larger projects, we will typically start with an intake interview to define the scope of the project and determine timelines and expectations. Librarians are often offered co-authorship at this level, depending on the level of time and expertise provided on the project.

  • All researchers are encouraged to read the Health Sciences Literature Review Service Information Sheet prior to the first meeting with a librarian.

Expected Timeframe

Researchers are requested to reach out to a librarian for assistance with their research projects as soon as possible. Comprehensive reviews with lengthy timelines (for example, systematic reviews or scoping reviews) that require thorough literature searches across multiple databases may take the librarian up to 2-3 months from the first meeting to deliver results.

Health Sciences Literature Review Service: Intake Form