Piecing Together Systematic Reviews. Phase 1: Proposal
Class Experience Level
Beginner, Intermediate

This session will cover the first phase of the PIECCESS review cycle, the Proposal phase of conducting a systematic review.  The five-part series will introduce the review cycle framework, PIECCESS, as described in the book by Foster and Jewell (2022) Piecing Together Systematic Reviews and Other Evidence Syntheses. Throughout the phases, the potential roles for librarians, health care professionals and others interested in the process of systematic review will be discussed as well as categories of client, such as those who read reviews as compared to those who conduct reviews.

This is the first of 5 sessions between June 26 and October 2024. Please register for each session individually.

July 24, 2024. Phase 2: Protocol

August 28, 2024. Phase 3: Production

September 25, 2024. Phase 4: Paper 

October 23, 2024. Phase 5-8: Preservation, Promotion, Impact and Update 


Speaker Information

Margaret Foster, MS, MPH, is the Evidence Synthesis and Scholarly Communication Librarian and the Head of the Center for Systematic Reviews and Research Syntheses at the Medical Sciences Library, Texas A&M University. She is the co-author of the first book written on systematic reviews for librarians- Assembling the Pieces of a Systematic Review: A Guide for Librarians (2017) and recently Piecing Together Systematic Reviews and Other Evidence Syntheses (2022). She received the Presidential Impact Award from Texas A&M University in 2018 and the Lucretia W. McClure Excellence in Education Award in 2024 from the Medical Library Association.

This presentation meets the NNLM goal to work through libraries and other members to support a highly trained workforce for biomedical and health information resources and data, improve health literacy, and increase health equity through information.

 This class is for educational and informational purposes in alignment with NNLM goals and does not offer medical advice.

By registering for this class, you are agreeing to the NNLM Code of Conduct


At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Define the steps needed to determine the feasibility of the review scope
  • Describe how to match the review scope to review type
  • List topics to be covered during the initial reference interview
  • Detail how to guide clients to determine the rationale for their review project

Class Details

Date(s): June 26, 2024
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
Platform: Zoom
CE Credits: 1.50
CE Categories: MLA
Class Experience Level: Beginner, Intermediate
This class is sponsored by Region 3.
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Class Contacts

Host/Instructor: Margie Sheppard
Technical Assistance: Rebecca Brown

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