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Systematic Searching Guide

The Systematic Searching Guide answers your questions about systematic searching in medical databases and registries:

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PubMed Video Tutorials

Our video tutorials offer support in conducting systematic searches in PubMed and in designing search strategies.

Systematic Searching A-Z

Glossary for systematic literature searching (German)

Confused about terminology? Dr. Marc von Gernler’s alphabetized glossary explains the most common terms in systematic searching. The glossary is in German, but we are working on an English translation.

Glossar zur Systematischen Literatursuche (deutsch) (PDF, 3.3 MB)

How to do a systematic review

Cochrane Interactive Learning

The Cochrane Training website provides a range of learning opportunities for individuals interested in learning more about conducting, editing or reading a systematic review. Whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned reviewer, you will find new opportunities to learn here about Cochrane systematic review methodology and processes. A registration is required in order to access the training modules.

Further information

Brief consultation
Consultations & Searches
Systematic Review Services
10-20 minutes via Zoom
Consultations on databases & search strategies. Brief contract searches (max. 2 h, no systematic searches)
Consultations on systematic and other reviews. Conduction of systematic searches. Free access to Covidence
Students UniBE
free free
- (CHF 120.00/h)
Employees Inselspital
free free
Employees UniBE / PhD's
free free (Searches > 2h: CHF 88.00/h)
CHF 120.00/h
Employees Canton Bern
free CHF 88.00/h
CHF 120.00/h
External clients
free CHF 114.00/h
CHF 150.00/h
Contact Wed, 11-12.30 & 16-18 h, Zoom link for drop-in

Detailed information on fees and services:

Quick Question?

Speak with an information specialist

Find answers and resources by dropping in virtually. Every Wednesday 11:00 – 12:30 and 16:00 – 18:00.


  • Formulating your research question
  • Developing your search strategy
  • Translating your search strings from one database to another to obtain the most complete results
  • Peer review of your search strategy
  • Sources for systematic literature searching (databases, registries, grey literature)
  • Tools, handbooks, and guidance in systematic literature searching
  • New publication alerts

Please contact us with the following form. We are looking forward to your request.


Auftragsrecherchen / Librarian assisted searches

  • Support with and development of non-systematic searches

Fees and policy.

The Research Support Services team of the University of Bern Medical Library offers individual research consultations and contract searches for complex literature searches for systematic or scoping Reviews, HTAs or clinical guidelines. Our services cover:

Advice and Consulting on the following:

  • Sequential steps of systematic searching and systematic reviews
  • Search concepts and strategy development
  • Database selection and searching grey literature (non-published literature)

We offer the following paid services:

  • Conducting searches in specified databases
  • Designing (complex) search strategies
  • Revising your search strategy, subject to the approval of the principal investigator
  • Peer-reviewing your search strategies
  • Delivery of search results in an agreed-upon format
  • Documenting the search strategy, databases searched, and our results. Documentation includes the limits we set for the search. The documents we supply are ready to include in the manuscript's appendix and the PRISMA flow chart.
  • Writing up the search for the Methods section of your manuscript


Time frame

Contact us when your protocol has been drafted. Search times vary, depending upon the complexity of the search, the number of databases to be searched, and your availability for feedback. Deadlines are mutually approved.


When we conduct complex searches for you and document them for the manuscript (e.g., in the Methods and Appendix), we request co-authorship. If our contribution does not meet the ICMJE standards for authorship, we require clients to acknowledge our work as contributors.

Further information:


Registration for Systematic Review Services

If you want to register for our systematic review services, please fill out the following form and return it to us by email.

Information on Open Science, Open Acess, and BORIS is provided by the Open Science team.


Dr. Kali Tal:

Registration & Fees

  • Affiliates from University of Bern, Pädagogische Hochschule PHBern, Inselspital Bern: Free
    Registration via ILIAS on course page
  • Academic fee for affiliates from University and hospital: CHF 150 / course (3 hours)*:
    Registration via ILIAS on Academic fee for affiliates from University and hospital: course page
  • External fee: CHF 200 / course (3 hours)*
    Registration via registration form (for Swiss participants not affiliated with the University of Bern)

*Discount if more than 3 (= 2%), more than 5 (= 5%) or more than 10 (= 10%) courses are booked per semester at once.

➔ Participants should have English at a C1 level or higher.

Knowledge and Learning

Courses and Workshops

Brief coffee lectures, systematic searching in databases, and much more. We're happy to share our knowledge.

The Medical Library of the University of Bern is committed to teaching students and researchers how to improve their research skills and raise the quality of their publications.

Our courses in literature searching and evidence-based medicine include:

  • Curricular courses for the faculties of Medicine and Veterinary Science
  • Customized courses to meet the needs of your institution, department, or group

For course offers, please contact:


Systematic searching and more

Course title Short description Date Info Registration
Scientific literature search: Basic This module consists of: Scientific Literature Search and Advanced Searching. Scientific Literature Search introduces essential principles of searching for your thesis/dissertation. Topics include:

  • Preparing a search plan
  • How to format your research question for a database search
  • Designing a structured search for your thesis/dissertation
  • With a focus on how to use PubMed


8:30 - 12:00
Universität Mittelstrasse
KSL 456770 via ILIAS
Scientific literature search: Advanced Advanced Searching covers advanced literature search techniques for research questions. Topics include:

  • Translating controlled vocabulary terms
  • Creating complex search strategies
  • Documenting search strategies
  • With a focus on searching Ovid Embase


8:30 - 12:00
Universität Mittelstrasse
KSL 456830 via ILIAS

Coffee & Sweets

Brain food for your research projects or study

The coffee lectures of medicine and pharmacy provide practical tips in a nutshell concerning your scientific work. The coffee lectures will take place in the spring and in the fall as an online event. No registration is required

Frühjahrssemester 2023

Zoom link:

Flyer FS 2023


PRISMA for Systematic Review Projects: Tips for Researchers

Wednesday, 19.04.2023 13:00
Tania Rivero, Research Support Service Team Medicine & Pharmacy, UB Bern

Open Access Update: New Rules, New Possibilities

Thursday, 20.04.2023 13:00
Dr. Andrea Hacker, Open Science Team, UB Bern

Tips for Successfully Leading Your Team in a Systemic Review

Tuesday, 25.04.2023 13:00
Dr. Zayne Roa Díaz, Research Support Service Team Medicine & Pharmacy, UB Bern

The Risks of Using ChatGPT to Co-Write Your Scientific Paper

Thursday, 27.04.2023 13:00
Dr. Sampoorna Rappaz, Research Support Service Team Medicine & Pharmacy, UB Bern

Introduction to BioRender – Not Only for Biologists

Thursday, 04.05.2023 13:00
Dr. Aline Frank, subject librarian for biology, UB Bern

Irreproducible Results in Scientific literature – Rare Incident or Prevalent Problem?

Thursday, 11.05.2023 13:00
Dr. Nuria Plattner, Research Support Team Science Library, UB Bern

ELN vs. LIMS: How to Make a Choice?

Tuesday, 16.05.2023 13:00
Dr. Olga Churakova, Open Science Team, UB Bern

SciFinder – Useful for Every Scientist

Wednesday, 17.05.2023 13:00
Dr. Eri Amsler, Fachreferat Naturwissenschaften, UB Bern

Citing While Writing: Tips to Help You Choose and Use Referencesin Your Scientific Articles

Wednesday, 24.05.2023 13:00
Dr. Kali Tal, Research Support Service Team Medicine & Pharmacy, UB Bern

Unterlagen & Folien von vergangenen Coffee & Sweets:

We hold various lectures in literature searching as part of the regular curriculum of human medicine, dentistry medicine, biomedicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy and biotechnical engineering.

The medical library also offers courses for the program "Transferable Skills",the Graduate School for Health Sciences (GHS) und the Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences (GCB).

For other courses please contact corresponding study coordinators. To get an offer for customized workshops please contact us via
Or alternatively have a look at our video tutorials on literature searching.

Lighten scientific life

Tools for Academic Workflows

Useful databases, tools for statistical analysis, data visualization, citation management, and much more.

Questions or considerations about tools:

Further information with the subject librarian: Fachreferat Medizin

Medline Reference database for all areas of biomedicine, with more than 21 million citations from 1946. Issued by: National Library of Medicine, USA

EMBASE Reference database with more than 23 million biomedical and pharmacological citations from 1974, including Medline from 1966. Issued by: Elsevier

Vivocase: Largest freely accessible German-language collection of medical-clinical case studies

The Cochrane Library Database on evidence-based medicine: includes full text of systematic reviews, protocols and register of clinical studies. Issued by: Cochrane Collaboration

PubMed Citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books

Further information you find with the subject librarian pharmacy: Fachreferat Pharmazie.

AccessPharmacy Access to pharmaceutical textbooks, instructional videos, glossaries, drug monographs, case reviews on pharmacotherapy, pathophysiology and pharmacology, and online Q&A as a learning tool for pharmaceutical students.

Medline Reference database for all areas of biomedicine, with more than 21 million citations from 1946. Issued by: National Library of Medicine, USA

Cochrane Training Learning material and online courses for conducting, editing or reading a systematic review (for some courses you need to register with a free Cochrane account and access the website via VPN).

Pschyrembel Medical database with entries from: clinical dictionary, naturopathy, social medicine, therapy, Hunnius pharmaceutical dictionary, nursing, psychiatry, clinical psychology, psychotherapy

PubMed More than 29 million citations for biomedical literature. Contains MEDLINE (since 1966, with MeSH) and OLDMEDLINE (1949 to 1965, without MeSH)

Drugbase Simultaneous search in 21 databases in the field of pharmacy and medicine (five simultaneous accesses to the database possible)

Data Science Platform


Anaconda package manager and environment manager for Python and R: Anaconda is a free, multi-functional toolset for data science applications. It facilitates package management of Python and R libraries and enables the effective use of programming environments and software packages.

Documentation and installation: Anaconda Individual Edition


SciFlow makes scientific writing easier

SciFlow makes it easy to write and format scientific texts - whether for a specific journal or as a student paper. SciFlow also offers attractive templates, chat support, webinars and text checking. The University Library of Bern has licensed SciFlow for the entire UniBE campus. Further information



LaTeX is a text processing program, that enables structured formatting. Especially helpful for academic working with sciences.

➜ Download LaTeX
➜ E-Book: Das Textverarbeitungssystem LaTeX (German fulltext within the UniBE network)
➜ E-Book: LaTeX Beginner's Guide, Leitfaden für Einsteiger, S. Kottwitz, 2011 (Fulltext within the UniBE network)

Plagiarism Checker


Plagscan is a plagiarism checker tool, which can be accessed via Campus account. It is able to scan all common file formats for potential plagiarisms.


Download Zotero: free of charge; all operating systems. Use your unibe-email in order to get more storage space.


Members of the University of Bern can use the campus licence for citativi or they get a licence at discounted rate at the Softwareshop.

Deduplicate references with 1 click


You got references from different databases and you need to deduplicate them? The AI-powered deduplication tool Deduklick has been developed in collaboration with the Medical Library Bern.

Connects researchers and research


Distinguish yourself in research! ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a unique identifier for academic authors.
Register for your own ORCID.

How your paper is discussed


The Altmetric-Plugin allows you to easily display altmetric data for electronic articles that have a DOI. Using the Altmetric Explorer you can get detailed information about the online dissemination of research at article, author, group and institutional level.

➜ Altmetric Explorer
➜ different Altmetric tools
Screencast about Altmetric (Coffee Lecture of November 2021)

Hot off the press

Our publications

We support and collaborate with research teams, devising and improving search strategies for systematic and other reviews.

  • Theis, S; Baumgartner, S J; Janka, H; Kolokythas, A; Skala, C; Stute, P (2023). Quality of life in menopausal women in the workplace - a systematic review. (In Press). Climacteric, pp. 1-8. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/13697137.2022.2158729

  • Jeyaprakash N, Maeder S, Janka H, Stute P. A systematic review of the impact of 7-keto-DHEA on body weight. Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2022 Dec 25. doi: 10.1007/s00404-022-06884-8. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36566478.

  • Borissov N, Haas Q, Minder B, Kopp-Heim D, von Gernler M, Janka H, Teodoro D, Amini P. Reducing systematic review burden using Deduklick: a novel, automated, reliable, and explainable deduplication algorithm to foster medical research. Syst Rev. 2022 Aug 17;11(1):172. doi: 10.1186/s13643-022-02045-9.

  • Fernandez-Palomo C, Fazzari J, Trappetti V, Smyth L, Janka H, Laissue J and Djonov V. Animal Models in Microbeam Radiation Therapy: A Scoping Review. Cancers. 2020;12(3). 527; doi:10.3390/cancers12030527.
  • Schaffer MF. Transforming the medical library into a welcoming learning space: a collaborative project. Journal of EAHIL. 2020;16(2):39 - 42. doi: 10.32384/jeahil16393.
  • Schaffer MF. Dienstleistungsangebot für EBM – von der Lehre bis zur klinischen Forschung und Praxis: Erfahrungen an der Universität Bern. GMS Med Bibl Inf. 2020;20(1-2).
  • Weidlinger S, Schmutz C, Janka H, Gruetter C, Stute P. Sustainability of vaginal estrogens for genitourinary syndrome of menopause - a systematic review. Climacteric. 2021;3(1-9); doi: 10.1080/13697137.2021.1891218.
  • Leitlinienreport der interdisziplinären evidenz- und konsensbasierten S3-Leitlinie für Diagnostik und Therapie von Zwangsstörungen im Kindes- und Jugendalter; AWMF Register Nr. 028-007
  • Stute P, Wienges J, Koller A-S, Giese C, Wesemüller W, Janka H, Baumgartner S. Cognitive health after menopause: Does menopausal hormone therapy affect it? Best Pract Res Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2021; doi: 10.1016/j.beem.2021.101565
  • Nucera M, Meuli L, Janka H, Schindewolf M, Schmidli J, Makaloski V. Comprehensive review with pooled analysis on external and internal jugular vein aneurysm. J Vasc Surg Venous Lymphat Disord. 2021 Oct 9:S2213-333X(21)00502-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jvsv.2021.09.009. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34634519.
  • L. M. Kaemmle, A. Stadler, H. Janka, M. von Wolff & P. Stute (2022) The impact of micronized progesterone on cardiovascular events – a systematic review. Climacteric, DOI: 10.1080/13697137.2021.2022644, PMID: 35112635.


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