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Systematic Reviews

General procedures to help guide researchers through the elements of a systematic review

What is a systematic review?

A systematic review is a comprehensive review of the literature conducted by a research team using systematic and transparent methods in accordance with reporting guidelines to answer a well-defined research question. It aims to identify and synthesize scholarly research published in commercial and/or academic sources as well as in grey (or gray) literature produced by individuals or organizations in order to reduce bias and provide all available evidence for informing practice and policy-making. Systematic reviews may also include a meta-analysis, a more quantitative process of synthesizing and visualizing data retrieved from various studies.

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Tsafnat, G., Glasziou, P., Choong, M.K. et al. Systematic review automation technologiesSyst Rev 3, 74 (2014).

Want to learn more?

There are two options to engage:

1. Have you read through the other parts of this guide, but feel you just want to talk to someone about your ideas and this process? Please contact the Research Impact Team to set up a general consultation.


2. If you have a research plan developed already and you would like to include a librarian on your team, review the "Talk with a Librarian" tab and submit a proposal as directed.