Systematic Approaches to Searching for Evidence (Online)
Tuesday 5th & 19th March 2024, 9am - 1pm (GMT)
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About the course
This interactive online course will cover the key principles of searching for published and unpublished evidence in a systematic, transparent way.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.
Feedback from previous attendees
"The presenters are so knowledgeable and present in such an engaging way, I've learnt such a lot to inform my searching practice."
"It was directly useful to my job, and has given me loads of ideas about how I can improve."
"The speakers were really clear and the delivery was just right, not too formal, not too rehearsed but still really well structured."
"Probably one of the best CPD courses I've done. Will be recommending to colleagues."
"A great example of how to do an online course well."
Course materials include an exclusive pre-recorded video lecture by Professor Andrew Booth, lead author of Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review, 3rd edition (Sage, 2021).
- The role of the literature search in the evidence review process
- Scoping the literature and choosing sources
- Matching your search approach to the particular review method
- Turning a research question into a search strategy
Delegates will be given a search task to complete in their own time, between days 1 and 2 (please allow approximately 1 hour for this).
- 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.
- Dates and times
Tuesday 5th & 19th March 2024
9am - 1pm (GMT)
The fee for this course is £179 per person.
Current members of University of Sheffield staff and students with an active @sheffield.ac.uk email address are eligible to book onto this course at the reduced rate of £129.
- Booking and payment
Payment can be made via credit / debit card or PayPal. Please visit the Online Store to make your booking.
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- Course delivery
This course will be delivered online using the University's 'Blackboard' platform.
- Reliable and stable internet connection.
- A PC or laptop.
- Webcam and microphone (preferably a USB headset).
- A quiet room where there will be no/minimal disruption.
- Ability to access Google applications (e.g. Google Docs, Google Sites, Google Sheets).
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