"A review of a clearly formulated question that uses systematic and explicit methods to identify, select, and critically appraise relevant research, and to collect and analyse data from the studies that are included in the review." (Cochrane Reviews Glossary)
Systematic Reviews are often conducted in the fields of health, psychology or education; the increase in cross disciplinary research may find other fields are also involved.
You may be doing a Systematic Review as part of postgraduate study, to help with a grant proposal or as part of a larger research bid. Whether you are a complete novice or an old hand, asking librarians to guide and advise will save you time and energy in the long run.
Not sure if you are doing a systematic review or a literature search in a systematic way? There is fine line between them but generally if you are an undergraduate you will be doing the latter. If you need help please contact your relevant Academic Engagement Librarian by finding the relevant subject guide and following the relevant email link or drop in to the Academic Skills Hub.
The following highlights some some key differences between a systematic review and a literature search
Southampton Health Technology Assessment Centre (SHTAC)
SHTAC offer the above course covering the key stages of a systematic review, from scoping the research questions to disseminating results and recommendations. The course is designed for health professionals, academics and decision makers with an understanding of health and related search.
For further details and to book see the SHTAC training page
We can offer help face to face, by email or phone
Please book via Deskside training
• What is a systematic review?
• Key features of the systematic review process
• Building your search strategy (identifying key terms and synonyms)
• Literature search techniques (using free-text, controlled vocabulary, field codes)
• Managing your results
As a prerequisite: you should be confident with the key subject databases in your research area… Medline, CINAHL, PsycINFO, ERIC etc. If you are unsure whether this course is appropriate please email firstname.lastname@example.org