Professional Literature Search Service

Thank you for your interest in the Strauss Library searching service. This is a high-demand service, often with wait times of several months for a Tier 1 (systematic review) search. The service may not be immediately available if we have already reached our maximum capacity. In such cases, your request will be wait-listed, and we will communicate with you about estimated start date.

Please look over the descriptions of the three tiers of service we offer to see which best fits your needs. Librarians retain the right to change tiers to accurately reflect the nature of the work being conducted. Please fill out the search request form. Once we receive your request, we will be in contact with you about an estimated start date.

Students are not eligible for systematic review support (Tier 1) or search strategy (Tier 2). Students are encouraged to request a Tier 3 consultation.

Tier 1 (Systematic Review)

Systematic reviews, meta-analyses, practice guidelines, or scoping reviews - publications that require comprehensive searches in multiple resources. 

The searcher typically manages the following tasks: conducting the literature search in relevant resources, managing the citations, writing sections on the search methodology for the manuscript, providing general advice and guidance on tools or resources pertinent to the systematic review process.  

Who: Project lead must be Faculty with University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus affiliation.

Requirements: $300 fee; co-authorship for searcher librarian.

Deliverables: Development of comprehensive search strategies; translation to other databases; EndNote library; Covidence support; PRISMA numbers/diagram; search methods section.

MOU: PI and librarian searcher are required to sign the Memorandum of Understanding.

Tier 2 (Search Strategy)

Brief projects that do not require an exhaustive search, for example, background literature review for a paper presenting original data, grant proposal, book chapter, narrative overview of a topic, IRB/IACUC protocol.

Who: Faculty and staff with University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus affiliation.

Requirements: $50/database (max 3 databases, $150); librarian acknowledgement.

Deliverables: Search strategies for up to three databases with instructions on how to run them.

Tier 3 (Consultation)

In a 1–2-hour consultation, we teach how to develop a thorough search strategy for a topic (typically in PubMed). Tier 3 searches often revolve around student assignments, department projects, theses, or dissertations.

Who: Faculty, staff, and students with University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus affiliation.

Requirements: free; librarian acknowledgement optional.

Deliverables: Search consultation form/notes from the meeting.