Galter Library provides scoping review support to Feinberg School of Medicine affiliates and recommends that you consult with a librarian at the start of your project.
We offer two support models for reviews* with different levels of effort and expectation.
Consult model: A librarian will meet with you in a one-hour consultation to discuss your project, review any search terms you may have or instruct on search strategy development, advise on database selection, and provide an overview of the review process. Review teams conduct their own searches and continue the process with minimal input from the librarian.
Collaboration model: With this model, librarians collaborate with you to:
Librarians collaborating on systematic and scoping reviews commonly satisfy the criteria for authorship set forth by ICMJE. Co-authorship is expected when a librarian serves as collaborator rather than a consultant. If your project is in support of a grant proposal, plan to discuss the appropriate allocation of effort and include the librarian as a co-investigator.
Galter Library does not offer assistance with meta-analysis or meta-analytic methods. Contact the Biostatistics Collaboration Center for inquiries regarding meta-analysis.
*Galter offers support for systematic, scoping, meta-analysis, and other types of reviews. Your librarian can help you decide which review methodology is best suited to your research question(s).
The following chart provides estimated timeframes for tasks supported by librarians assisting teams under the full-collaboration/co-author model. The timeframe for each task may vary significantly from one review to the next and may occur concurrently.
|Library-assisted Tasks||Estimated Time|
|Search for existing systematic or scoping reviews||3-5 days|
|Develop the search strategy||1-4 weeks|
|Write search methods for the protocol||2-5 days|
|Translate and perform searches on prespecified databases||1-2 weeks|
|Remove duplicates and deliver search results||3-5 days|
|Assist with setting up the pilot screening||1-3 days|
Assist with obtaining full-text articles
Note: teams are responsible for submitting InterLibrary Loan (ILL) requests
|7-10 days per 50 citations|
|Document search process for reporting purposes||1-3 days|
|Write the search methods for the manuscript||1-3 days|
|Review manuscript prior to submission||1-3 days|
There are times when a review team’s process or workflow do not align with the library's and librarians'. In these instances, it may be necessary to explore alternative support options including the Consult Model.
Ready to make a request for scoping review support from Galter Library?
At this time, Galter Library is unable to support requests from Northwestern affiliates who are not part of Feinberg School of Medicine. Students and faculty from other schools should contact their supporting library for assistance.