1A3 Research Support in Health Sciences Libraries: A Scoping Review

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  • Introduction: Health sciences libraries in both academic and clinical contexts are becoming more involved in furthering their institutions' research mandates, and librarians are increasingly called upon to support their patrons' research needs. A literature scan revealed many libraries are writing about their research support initiatives and the changing roles of librarians, but no syntheses exist on library research support services in health sciences contexts. We conducted a scoping review to map the academic literature on this topic and to assist libraries as they continue to adapt to researchers' evolving needs. Methods: We searched Medline, EMBASE, ERIC, LISTA, LISS, Scopus and Web of Science to identify reports of research support services provided in health sciences libraries. An advanced Google search for grey literature was also conducted. Articles describing development, implementation, or evaluation of research support initiatives provided in a health sciences library were included. Data extraction will focus on library context, user characteristics, and services implemented. Findings will be summarized using evidence maps in order to facilitate knowledge translation. Results: The database searches returned 6336 results, and after removing duplicates 3545 records remained for title/abstract screening. Full-text screening was conducted on 277 articles. Preliminary results show a predominance for systematic review support and the emergence of data management support. Discussion: This scoping review maps out the existing literature on research support practices in the health sciences context. It provides health sciences libraries with a benchmark from which they can assess and develop their own research services.

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