Program Session

13 - "What Type of Review Are You?" An Interactive Game to Teach Users about Review Literature Typology

Monday, May 29
11:35 AM - 11:40 AM
Room: 612

Objectives: With the proliferation of systematic reviews comes numerous misconceptions about the actual methodology of conducting the review itself. “What type of review are you?” is an interactive online quiz-style game that aims to educate researchers of different types of reviews and help them decide which will be most suitable for their research topic.

Methods: The author gathered information on review types from PubMed sources and adapted the concepts to a more user-friendly multiple choice format. Built with JavaScript, the game uses simple algorithms to match the player’s answers to predetermined parameters (such as time availability, number of reviewers, purpose of the review) and gives user a “best match” review suggestion at the end. A link to the game is posted on the TMC Library's EZProxy login page to encourage users to play. The author also included links that redirect to The TMC Library website’s Literature Search and Consultation Services request forms, should the player wishes to contact a librarian for assistance with their project.


Results: N/A

Conclusion: Librarians are always looking for effective ways to teach about systematic reviews. This interactive game provides an interactive spin on useful theoretical information researchers should know when selecting the appropriate type of review to fit their projects. 

Keywords: gamification, systematic review, literature reviews, reviews, game, instruction, technology, web



Program Session

Nha Huynh

Education and Instruction Librarian
Client Relationship Management
Houston, TX

Nha Huynh is an Education and Instruction Librarian at The Texas Medical Center Library. She works with faculty members from various TMC institutions to create tailored curriculum integrated classes for students. She received her Master in Library and Information Studies from the University of Oklahoma. In addition, she is a freelance front-end web developer.

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