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Knowledge Synthesis

Knowledge synthesis is an umbrella term for literature reviews that use transparent and reproducible methods to gather and synthesize research studies in order to answer a research question. Examples of knowledge synthesis reviews include:

  • Systematic reviews – a review that seeks to answer a research question by identifying, selecting, critically appraising, and synthesizing all relevant research.
  • Scoping reviews – a review that seeks to map the existing literature on a topic.

Services for U of G researchers

We provide training, expertise, and support to U of G researchers who are conducting knowledge syntheses. We can help you:

  • Select an appropriate type of review
  • Refine a review topic
  • Understand review methodologies and logistics
  • Develop a search strategy by choosing databases, generating keywords, and using controlled vocabulary, operators, and search modifiers
  • Learn to extract and manage citations

Currently our service does not include:

  • Conducting knowledge syntheses on behalf of researchers
  • Executing searches
  • Performing citation extraction or management
  • Co-authorship

Get started with Covidence

Covidence is a cloud-based review management software that facilitates the collaborative completion of knowledge syntheses. U of G Covidence accounts provide unlimited reviews, collaborators, and customer support.

Who can use Covidence?

  • Covidence is available to all U of G and University of Guelph-Humber affiliated faculty, staff, students, alumni, and retirees.
  • If you are collaborating on a review with someone who is not affiliated with U of G, you can invite them to join your review. If they do not have a Covidence account, they will be prompted to create one free of charge, but they will not be able to create any reviews of their own.

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