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Screening for studies in systematic reviews, scoping reviews, and other knowledge syntheses: Strategies for improvement  

This workshop is exclusive for University of Toronto faculty, and currently enrolled students.

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Location: Gerstein Instruction Lab located at Gerstein Science Information Centre

Registration: Please register with your utoronto email address. If you're not a currently enrolled student or faculty member, your registration will be cancelled.

Have you ever screened for studies in a systematic review, a scoping review, or other knowledge synthesis study? Did you find it challenging? Would you like to learn strategies to:  

  • Improve your screening by reducing the number of screening conflicts, and the time spent resolving them? 

  • Increase screening accuracy among your team?  


Workshop objectives: 

  • Describe and understand the importance of inclusion and exclusion criteria.

  • Define, and illustrate what clear and well-defined inclusion and exclusion criteria looks like.

  • Identify issues with the study screening process.

  • Discuss strategies to reduce study screening conflicts, and increase study screening accuracy for the first level of screening (title and abstract), and second level of screening (full text).

  • Practice.


Learning objectives 

By the end of the workshop, you should be able to: 

  • Develop well defined inclusion and exclusion criteria for the study screening process.

  • Practice developing inclusion and exclusion criteria screening guidance strategies. 

  • Understand how screening guidance can be applied to any knowledge syntheses project.

  • Implement screening guidance strategies with screening software solutions, such as Covidence.


You will get the most out of this workshop if: 

  • You understand what a focused research question is, and know how to develop a focused research question.

  • You understand what inclusion and exclusion criteria means, what screening conflicts are, and what first and second level of screening is.

  • You understand the methods for systematic reviews, scoping reviews, rapid reviews, and other knowledge syntheses.

  • You understand what a protocol is, and have developed one, for a knowledge syntheses project.

Strategies learned in this workshop can be applied to any knowledge syntheses study in both the first level of screening (title and abstract) and second level of screening (full-text).


This workshop will NOT cover:

  • Methods for different review types
  • How to search for studies
  • How to abstrat data from studies
  • How to synthesize studies



Patricia Ayala, Research Services Librarian

Patricia has worked on the development of the Systematic and Scoping Review Service (SSRS) at Gerstein Science Information Centre, focused on collaborating with faculty and researchers engaged in systematic, scoping and other types of method-driven literature reviews. Patricia’s portfolio includes building and deepening relationships with faculty, staff, students and other researchers, on campus, within research institutes, teaching hospitals,  and national and international organizations.  She's currently co-leading the development of PRISMA-Search a guideline on how to report literature searches.  She has degrees in Biology and Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina, and Master in Information and Library Studies from the University of Toronto.

Mikaela Gray, Liaison & Education Librarian

Mikaela joined the University of Toronto as a Liaison & Education Librarian at the Gerstein Science Information Centre in 2017. Her role includes supporting students and faculty from the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing through the provision of information literacy instruction, one-on-one research consultations, collaboration on knowledge syntheses, and collection development and material selection.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Gerstein Library
St. George (Downtown) Campus
  Library Research  
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