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Structured Searching Series Part 1 : Introduction to Structured Searching for Systematic, Scoping and Other Comprehensive Reviews of the Literature

Structured Searching Series Part 1 : Introduction to Structured Searching for Systematic, Scoping and Other Comprehensive Reviews of the Literature Online

This workshop (part 1 and part 2) is for anyone preparing to do a comprehensive review of the literature, where a structured, objective approach to searching is important. This workshop will discuss how text mining and generative AI tools could assist with the development of a search strategy. Although this workshop will not only be for health sciences-related projects, the database used for demonstrations in Part 1 will be a health science-focused database (Ovid MEDLINE). 

For those participants preparing to do a knowledge synthesis project, such as a systematic or scoping review, please review the content found in this online module:  “Planning Your Knowledge Synthesis Review,” before attending the session.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the key differences between systematic reviews, scoping reviews, and literature reviews
  2. Turn a research question into a searchable question
  3. Identify different databases for a review
  4. Describe how text-mining and generative AI tools could assist with search strategy development
  5. Practice using an objective, structured method for developing search strategies using Ovid MEDLINE

Tuesday, May 7, 2024
10:00am - 11:30am
Time Zone:
Atlantic Time (change)
St. Francis Xavier University:
Angus L. Macdonald Library
This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.
  Research Bootcamp  
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Welcome to Research Boot Camp 2024!

The Angus L. Macdonald library presents an in-depth workshop series designed with this summer's research assistants in mind. In this program, librarians will take you through the research process to ensure that you are well-prepared to tackle essential research skills such as: literature reviews, source evaluation, citation managment, knowledge synthesis projects and much, much more! 

This year's sessions will run from May 6-8 through live online presentations, via Blackboard Collaborate. 

The Boot Camp sessions are free of charge and registration is open to all StFX students, staff and faculty, with a particular focus on the information management needs of research assistants. Participants can choose individual sessions to attend based on your research needs and areas of interest, and register via the StFX Library Events Page


**New this year**

This workshop series is for professional and scholarly development.

Certificates of completion are available for attending participants. 

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this year's Research Bootcamp, please contact the coordinator:

Samantha Read, Instructional Services Librarian


Event Organizer

Kaitlin Fuller
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Samantha Read