Literature & Systematic Review Searching

Literature Review Services

Literature searching and reference service is available from Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. depending on availability. 

Literature review services, primarily those performed in PubMed or health related databases are free to all USC Faculty, Staff and Students. Priority service is given to all Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry affiliates and very selectively to the oral health community and the general public.  You can contact us to schedule an appointment or fill out the Ask-a-Librarian form and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Ostrow Problem-based Learning (PBL) Students

PBL students can request a consultation with our librarian to receive help finding resources to resolve their learning needs. To request an appointment with a librarian, please contact us or submit a request via our Ask-a-Librarian form.

Ostrow Advanced Specialty Programs

Advanced specialty programs often include a corresponding master’s degree that requires research and publication of a master’s thesis. To receive help searching for relevant citations or utilizing bibliographic management software, please contact us or submit a request via our Ask-a-Librarian form.

Ostrow Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff who would like help finding literature to address clinical questions or for research projects, including for IRB or IACUC applications, can contact us to set up an appointment or submit a request via our Ask-a-Librarian form.

Ostrow Patients

Patient and their families should view our Dental Patient Education & Consumer Health research guide. We cannot provide recommendations regarding your dental care, but can point to resources that can guide your decision-making. 

Systematic Review Searching Support 

National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (formerly Institutes of Medicine/IOM) for systematic reviews states: work with a librarian or other information specialist trained in performing systematic reviews to plan the search strategy. Both Norris Medical Library and Wilson Dental Library librarians collaborate with researchers on systematic reviews and provide assistance by:

  • Helping define the research question

  • Identifying relevant databases to be searched

  • Developing and conducting searches/search updates in selected databases

  • Searching for relevant grey literature

  • Delivering search results in citation management software such as EndNote.

  • Providing training and support for citation management software

  • Providing guidance in selecting journals for manuscript submission

  • Writing the literature search methodology section for the submitted manuscript, maintaining records of search results, and following up with alerts and updates as needed

Request a systematic review consultation for systematic review support. The information you provide on the form will be used to guide your first meeting with a librarian.