Search design for systematic searching

Search design for systematic searching

Event Description

ALIA HLA & The Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare at Bond University are pleased to present:

Search design for system searching.

This workshop will provide step by step guidance on how to most effectively design search strategies to be used in systematic reviews.

This workshop is designed for people with a basic knowledge of systematic reviews who are interested in learning how to design searches. Or, for those with some knowledge of searching for information who want to learn to apply those skills to systematic reviews environment.

This workshop covers all components of search design, starting with the initial design of the search structure, then using word frequency analyses to improve on that structure, followed by novel techniques to maximize the recall of the search. The final step demonstrates how to refine the search to ensure the number of irrelevant search results is as low as possible.

This workshop contains a demonstration of each technique, followed by a tutorial of how to apply that technique to a real systematic review. Although not the focus of the workshop, there will be demonstrations and tutorials of several automation tools used in the design of searches. Therefore, to help facilitate the delivery of the workshop participants are requested to create an account in the Systematic Review Accelerator (SRA):


Justin Clark

Senior Research Information Specialist and Program lead, Automation of Systematic Reviews, Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare, Bond University.

Cochrane Information Specialist, Acute Respiratory Infections Group

Member of the Cochrane Information Specialists Executive

Co-lead Search Interest Group, Living Evidence Network

Founding member, International Collaboration for the Automation of Systematic Reviews (ICASR).


Tuesday 24 May,    11:00am - 1:00pm AEST (NSW/Vic time)


On Zoom - a link will be sent the day prior.


ALIA Members - $50

Non-Members - $100

Thanks to Justin Clark and The Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare Bond University for their support of ALIA HLA.


More information

p.    1800 020 071



Cancellation Policy

Registrations up to 3 weeks prior = full refund
Registrations between 1-2 weeks prior = 50% refund
Registrations cancelled 1 week prior or later = no refund
Registrations can be transferred to other individuals at no cost (in the same registration category).  
Contact [email protected] for information.

Tuesday, 24 May 2022
11:00 am to 1:00 pm AEST
$50 (Members) - $100 (Non-Members)
2.00 CPD Hours