Systematic Approaches to Searching for Evidence (NEW for 2020)

1 day course: 2021 DATE TBC

This highly interactive one-day course will cover the key principles of identifying published and unpublished evidence in a systematic, transparent way.

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

The course will draw on ScHARR’s 25 years of experience at the cutting edge of evidence synthesis, in addition to highlighting the latest available search tools and emerging techniques from the relevant method literature.

Who will benefit from the course?

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

  • Early career researchers
  • Postgraduate students
  • Librarians and information specialists

Course content

The course will consist of a mixture of presentations, group work, discussions and individual exercises.


  • Mark Clowes is the course leader for this new and exciting course.
  • ScHARR information specialists
Dates and times

1 day course:  2021 DATE TBC

  • Start: 9:30am with registration and refreshments, with a prompt 10am course start.
  • Finish: 4pm

£249 - Early Bird Rate - For bookings received on or before 11pm on TBC.
£349 - Standard Rate - For bookings received on or before 11pm on TBC, or when the course reaches full capacity, whichever is the soonest.

£125 - ScHARR Staff/ScHARR Students Only.  If you are planning on paying for the course via Budget Transfer/Invoice, then a Purchase Order must be raised before making your booking.

Bookings will automatically close at 11pm on TBC.


Course materials will be provided via a delegate course website approximately one week prior to the course start date. Hard copies of exercises will be provided throughout the course as necessary. Hard copies of PowerPoint presentations will not be provided, but these can be printed by delegates before the start of the course via the delegate course website.

Participants are asked to provide their own laptop for the duration of the course.

Booking and payment

Provisional bookings are currently being taken for this new and exciting ScHARR short course.  Please forward your details to Karen Holden at

All of our ScHARR Short Course bookings are initially processed via our Online Store. Payment or Purchase Order details are required at the time of booking (Credit/Debit Card or PayPal is accepted).

If your employer is paying your fees, and they would prefer to be invoiced, Please select this option and ensure you have your Purchase Order details before making your booking.  Bookings are not confirmed until receipt of the purchase order has been confirmed at

If you have any queries relating to fees and payment, please do not hesitate to contact us.


The University of Sheffield
Diamond Building
32 Leaveygreave Road
S3 7RD

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Accommodation and meals

Refreshments and lunch are provided for the duration of this one day course.

Accommodation is not included in the course fee. We do however have a preferential rate of £70 per night at Halifax Hall and £50 per night at our new Jonas Hotel. Details of how to book these, to ensure you receive the reduced rate, will be provided in your confirmation email upon receipt of your booking.

Alternatively, we can provide you with details of other locals situated near to The Diamond/City Centre/bus and train stations.

Please contact Karen Holden at if you have any queries regarding the venue/accommodation


For further information please do not hesitate to contact us via email at

or call +44 114 222 2968.

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: 20 May 2020

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