Literature and Systematic Review Support Service

SMU Libraries support the conduct of:

  • Literature surveys and review articles (Business & Management, Economics, Psychology and more)
  • Systematic reviews and meta-analyses, scoping reviews, systematic mapping reviews, rapid reviews and other systematic or structured approaches to literature reviews.
  • Bibliometric reviews using tools such as VOSviewer, Bibliometrix and CiteSpace

How can Librarians help?

Librarians are trained in supporting the process of reviews, systematic reviews and other evidence synthesis methods custom-made for specific or multidisciplinary disciplines. They can:

Our assistance can be sought on two levels:

  • Research consultant
  • Collaborator or co-author

As a research consultant, we offer the following:

  • Guidance on the background and basics of evidence synthesis for newcomers
  • Guidance of databases and other sources to use*
  • Recommendations for tools for all steps of the process including data extraction, deduplication, screening and reporting
  • Review of search strategies
  • Discuss Critical Appraisal tools

An acknowledgement in the work of support from the SMU Librarian is expected.


As a coauthor or collaborator, we can extend additional services including:

  • Assist with question refinement and search strategy testing and formulation
  • Jointly run database searches and extract data*
  • Jointly support the deduplication process and run the screening process
  • Write the search and retrieval portion of the methods section of the paper

* Jointly with support from the Research Librarian of your school.

Contact Us

Start your journey by contacting us!

Aaron Tay
Research and Data Services

Aaron Tay

Lead, Data Services

Benedict Yeo
Social Sciences

Benedict Yeo

Research Librarian

Redzuan Abdullah
Business & Entrepreneurship

Redzuan Abdullah

Research Librarian