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The Pieces of Systematic Review with Margaret Foster Webinar Series

Guest Speaker: Margaret J. Foster, MLIS, MPH
Date: Third Thursday of every month from January - May 2019
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30am CT / 12:00pm - 1:30pm MT
Social Media Hashtag: #piecesQA

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Next Session

Topic: Identify: Developing your search, documenting
Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Time: 1-2:30pm CT / 12-1:30pm MT

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Each session in these series will be eligible for 1.5 hours of MLA CE credit upon completion of the evaluation survey.

Series Details

Description: Systematic reviews are well-documented as contributing to evidence-based healthcare by, in part, revealing gaps in the literature or illustrating the effectiveness of health interventions. They are common practice, but they can often be fraught with issues in how they’re conducted. There is a constant need for education and discussion. In each live session of this monthly limited-run webinar series, Margaret Foster draws from her expertise to discuss issues, provide examples, and demonstrate the steps of her Pieces process, as described in her book Assembling the Pieces of Systematic Review: A Guide for Librarians. This second run of the original series will provide more practical examples for conducting each step of a systematic review as well as look at other types of reviews. Sessions will occur on the third Thursday of every month from 1pm - 2:30pm CT. The webinar will highlight the following topics:

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - Plan: Developing your topic, framing the question, selecting a standard and output
Thursday, February 21, 2019 - Identify: Developing your search, documenting
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - Evaluate: Screening tools
Thursday, April 18, 2019 - Collect: Coding and synthesis
Thursday, May 16, 2019 - Explain & Summarize: Reporting and dissemination, series wrap-up

Speaker Bio: Margaret Foster is an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University and serves as the Systematic Reviews and Research Coordinator at the Medical Sciences Library with a joint position at the School of Public Health.  Her work with systematic reviews began more than a decade ago while completing her Masters of Public Health.  In her current position, she provides consultations for researchers in medicine, public health, veterinary medicine, education, and other disciplines and has published over 30 articles applying or describing systematic review methods and evidence-based practices. In addition, she is a co-founder of the Medical Library Association Systematic Review Special Interest Group and developed a popular continuing education course about systematic reviews which has trained over 1000 librarians.

Archived Sessions

Pieces 2.0: Session 1 Plan
Topic: Plan - Developing your topic, framing the question, selecting a standard and output
Date: Thursday, January 17th, 2019
Watch the Recording
Evaluation Survey

The original Pieces series concluded on August 3, 2017. All the sessions were recorded, and links to the recordings can be found below. Also check out Margaret Foster's website chronicling the series and for a list of related resources, many of which were mentioned throughout the series.
Session 1
How do you determine if a research question is right for a systematic review?
Date: Thursday, February 2nd, 2017
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Session 2
What searches beyond the typical databases should be done?
Date: Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
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Q&A Session
Answering questions from the first two sessions
Date: Thursday, March 9th, 2017
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Session 3
What happens after the search?
Date: Thursday, April 6th, 2017
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Session 4
What free software is useful for conducting review?
Date: Thursday, May 4th, 2017
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Session 5
How can a librarian support other types of reviews (scoping, integrative, rapid)?
Date: Thursday, June 1st, 2017
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Session 6
What are the new developments in review methods?
Date: Thursday, July 6th, 2017
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Final Wrap-Up and Q&A
Summary of sessions 1-6 and final thoughts
Date: Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
Watch the Recording