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What is a Systematic Review?
Systematic reviews bring together individual research studies that investigate the same clinical or research question and summarize the available evidence. They are called "systematic" reviews because they follow explicit methods for finding, analyzing, and summarizing the research. These explicit methods help reduce bias and ensure that the methodology can lead to reproducible results. Because of this explicit, rigorous process, systematic reviews are considered the "gold standard" for evidence-based practice.
Systematic reviews are considered secondary (or filtered) sources because the reviewers are synthesizing and summarizing research done by other people. The individual studies included in a systematic review are considered primary (unfiltered) sources because they represent original research. These individual studies are often randomized controlled trials.
- Systematic Searches Video SeriesThis series of videos was created by librarians at Yale University. Watch videos #1-5, #8, and #11 to learn the fundamentals of systematic searching.
- Learning how to undertake a systematic review, part 1This first journal article provides an overview of the systematic review process and how to get started.
- Learning how to undertake a systematic review, part 2This second journal article focuses on the search strategy for a systematic review and how to present your data.
- Doing a Systematic Review: A Student's Guide If you are a Masters or a PhD student conducting a systematic review for your dissertation or thesis, then this is the book for you!
- Systematic Reviews in the Social Sciences This book provides practical, step-by-step advice on conducting a systematic review and can be used for health sciences as well as social sciences.
- Comprehensive Systematic Review for Advanced Practice Nursing, Second Edition This ebook is available online 24/7. The steps for doing a systematic review described in this book apply to all health sciences disciplines.
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