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Email Margaret Foster to request an invidual or group consultation or to request a class, workshop, or webinar


Workbooks & PowerPoints

The RIGOR workbook is a spreadsheet that provides guidance in developing a review, documenting methods, and recording results.  Previously called DoRMaR workbook.  Covers all topics.  This is version 2.


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Since 2012 the Center for Systematic Reviews has:

  • provided over 620 consultations
  • offered over 30 presentations, webinars, and workshops
  • supported dozens of completed theses, dissertations, and publications
  • trained over 100 medical librarians


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Service Description

The Center for Systematic Reviews support the needs of researchers conducting systematic reviews and meta-analysis.

Who can use the service?

Any Texas A&M University or Texas A&M Health Science Center affiliate can use the service including students, staff, and faculty. 

What resources & services are offered?

  • Resources: Research Instruction Guide on Reviews (RIGOR) and templates to assist in recording methods and writing the review.
  • Services:
    • Consultations: meet with librarian to discuss review
    • Training: classes, workshops, and webinars
    • Support with software such as:
      • Joanna Briggs Institute tools, such as SUMARI
      • Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) Systematic Review Data Repository
Lastest standard from Cochrane Collaboration.

Articles published

  • Foster, M. (2013). Introduction to Systematic Reviews for Healthcare Design. Healthcare Environments Research and Design Journal.  to be published November 2013 (Special Issue)
  • Diep, C. S., Foster, M., McKyer, E. L. J., Goodson, P., Guidry, J. J., & Liew, J. (2013). What are Asian-American youth consuming? A systematic literature review. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10903-013-9905-6
  • Borrego, M., Froyd, J., and Foster, M. Systematic Literature Reviews in Engineering Education and Other Developing Interdisciplinary Fields.Journal of Engineering Education (accepted August 23, 2013)
  • Shim, M., Gimeno, D., Pruitt, S.; McLeod, C., Foster, M. J., and Amick III, B (2013). “A systematic review of retirement as a risk factor for mortality”. Applied Demography and Public Health. Volume 3. Ed. Hoque, N. 3: 277-309. doi 10.1007/978-94-007-6140-7_17

Assistant Professor, Systematic Reviews & Research Coordinator

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Margaret J. Foster
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In-class presentations: In-class sessions are available for courses.  The presentation can be customized to match the needs of the curriculum

Workgroups: Groups such as labs or research teams can request training for specific research projects.  Training will be customized for the needs of the project.


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