Systematic Approaches to Searching for Evidence (NEW)

ONLINE course: Tuesday, 28th June AND Tuesday, 12th July 2022 (1 day course over 2 x half days)


What is it about?

This interactive online course will cover the key principles of searching for published and unpublished evidence in a systematic, transparent way. 

We will look at turning a research idea into a viable, structured search question; scoping the literature; choosing sources; developing effective strategies and documenting your searches so they can be reproduced.  

The course will draw on ScHARR’s decades of experience at the forefront of evidence synthesis, in addition to highlighting the latest available search tools and emerging techniques from the relevant methodological literature.

The programme will be as follows:

Preliminary session: an exclusive pre-recorded video lecture by Professor Andrew Booth, lead author of Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review, 3rd edition (Sage, 2021).

Session 1 (28th June) will look at:

  • the role of the literature search in the evidence review process;
  • scoping the literature and choosing sources
  • matching your search approach to the a particular review method
  • turning a research question into a search strategy

PLEASE NOTE: Delegates will be given a search task to complete in their own time and submit within 7 days (please allow approximately 1 hour for this)

Session 2 (12th July) will look at:

  • Common pitfalls of searching (including feedback on search task)
  • Reporting searches
  • Beyond the “big bang” search - complementary and iterative methods, and when to use them
  • Emerging techniques
  • Knowing when to stop

Who will benefit from the course?:

Anyone with an interest in conducting or supporting systematic reviews or similar evidence synthesis projects, especially:

  • Postgraduate students
  • Early career researchers
  • Librarians and Information Specialists

We will draw on examples not just from health but also from evidence synthesis in the social sciences and public policy.

Course faculty:

ScHARR Information Science Research

Mark Clowes

Anthea Sutton

Angie Rees

Dates and times

This 1-day course will be taking place online over 2 x half days, as follows:

Day 1:  Tuesday, 28th June 2022 (09:00 - 13:00 TBC)

Day 2:  Tuesday, 12th July 2022 (09:00 - 13:00 TBC)



The fee for this ONLINE delivered course is £179 per person.  

If you are a member of ScHARR Staff or a ScHARR Student please contact Karen Holden at in the first instance, to confirm your eligibility and details of how to book at the reduced rate of £129.

Course Delivery

Online Delivery

  1. Reliable and stable internet connection.
  2. A PC (or Laptop if a PC is not available to you).
  3. Webcam and microphone (preferably a USB Headset)
  4. A quiet room where there will be no/minimal disruption.
  5. Ability to access Google Meet and Google Sites and other Microsoft/Google software.
Booking and payment

This course is live on our Online Store and currently accepting bookings.  Places are limited and are on a first come, first served basis.

Payment is required at the time of booking via debit/credit card, PayPal or company invoice (purchase order will be required at the time of booking).


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    Unfortunately, we are currently unable to take telephone enquiries due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation as staff are working remotely at this present time.  Please accept our sincere apologies for inconvenience this may cause.

    The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

    Information last updated: 7 April 2022

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