To register for the So You Want To Do a Systematic Review? class, please select a date from the scheduled calendar and complete the form with your name and email.

So You Want To Do a Systematic Review?

If you’re thinking of starting on a systematic review and don’t know where to start, this brief introduction will help to get you started.  You will discover what’s involved, what skills are needed, and what Library services are available to help you.

Who Should Attend: Anyone considering undertaking a systematic review as part of their educational program, or to publish in a journal.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Discriminate between a systematic review, a meta-analysis and a narrative review
  • Describe the steps required to conduct a systematic review
  • Describe the competencies required to conduct a systematic review
  • Take advantage of the available additional training and on-line resources to support systematic review authors

Time: 30 minutes


The following library classes are available upon request for groups of 7 or more:


Database Laboratory

Want to boost your database search skills? This workshop offers a hands-on approach to improving your search strategies, providing you with an opportunity to enjoy self-directed learning under the guidance of an Informationist.

Who should attend: Anyone looking to improve their database search skills.

By the end of this class, participants will be able to:

  • Determine which database(s) to use
  • Use subject headers and keywords to build a search
  • Use Boolean operators to combine search terms
  • Use databases efficiently and effectively

Time: 60 minutes

Don’t Get Tangled, Get Organized! – Tips and Tricks on Making Your Work More Efficient

Are you drowning in a flood of information? This class will help you to organize information and become more efficient.  Learn how to customize your searches, manage your search results in databases and on your desktop, and stay up-to-date in your field of interest.

Who should attend:  New students, faculty and staff or anyone who wants to learn how to organize their work.

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Use personal accounts in PubMed and other databases
  • Use filters to customize searches
  • Recognize the value of citation managers
  • Use tools to keep current on topics of interest.

How to Start Your Research Project

Need a hands-on session about the survival skills necessary for good scientific research? This class will give you the chance to conduct searches, utilize citation managers and critique articles under the supervision of an Informationist.

Who should attend: Students working on their thesis, dissertation or review assignment.


By the end of this class, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and distinguish between background and foreground information
  • Prioritize and plan ahead for upcoming projects effectively
  • Create a research strategy in which sources are assessed and used appropriately

Class Pre-Requisite: Have a citation manager of your preference installed on your computer. Please BRING your computer to this class!

Time: 60 minutes

The Research Process: Best Practices for Research and Information Management

Feeling a little confused or overwhelmed with the research process? This workshop covers a variety of aspects of research and information management: from picking a topic, to managing your project and expectations, to communicating your research.

Who should attend: Anyone embarking on larger-scale research projects, such as Capstones and graduate theses or dissertations, or for post-docs and junior faculty just starting out in their research. 

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to…

  • Frame and scope your topic
  • Prepare for confounding factors that might impact your research
  • Recognize the value of null or negative results
  • Effectively communicate your research in the scientific arena

Time: 60 minutes


The library also offers users additional courses online.

Nature Masterclasses

The Library provides access to the course "Scientific Writing and Publishing" via Nature Masterclasses, which is delivered by Nature Research journal editors. Registration is required to access the content.

To register:

Columbia University provides access to faculty, staff, and students. is an online service that provides video-based tutorials.

You can access from your browser where you will be prompted to provide your UNI and password.



If you would like to schedule a library presentation for a topic other than those listed above please contact us with your request.