What is a systematic review?

A systematic review is a research method in which a team formulates a research question, searches, selects, and appraises the literature in order to test and evaluate in order for policy-makers and practitioners to make evidence based decisions.

Unlike other types of reviews, this research method includes a reproducible and transparent methodology. For help differentiating between the various types of reviews (e.g., literature review, scoping review), consult A Typology of Reviews (Grant & Booth, 2009).

Systematic Review Service Request

How can the libraries help?

Librarians have skills to assist you throughout the process especially in helping you develop and report a comprehensive and reproducible search strategy.

 

 

1: Planning

  • Guidance on SR Process and steps
     
  • Background searching for current and upcoming reviews
     
  • Help with development or refinement of review topic

2: Searching

  • Identification of databases for searches
     
  • Development and execution of searches
     
  • Documentation of search strategies
     
  • Management of search results
     
  • Guidance on methods for study review and data management

3: Reporting

  • Drafting of literature search description in Methods section
     
  • Drafting of literature search appendix
     
  • Guidance and information for PRISMA figure Review of other sections or final draft

Adapted from Role of the Librarian. (2017). Systematic Reviews at UNC Health Sciences Library. http://guides.lib.unc.edu/c.php?g=148913&p=979577