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Systematic and systematic-like review toolkit

Toolkit of resources to support researchers in the development of systematic and systematic-like reviews

Systematic and systematic-like reviews

As researchers, higher degree by research and honours students - at some stage, you may need to conduct a systematic or systematic-like review.

This toolkit will help you to:

  • Identify the best type of review for your purpose
  • Understand the steps of the review process
  • Conduct a more rigorous and unbiased analysis than a traditional literature review entails

Need a refresher on critical advanced literature search skills first?  Visit our Advanced Search Health Guide.       

The toolkit is structured around these stages in the review process:

  1. Developing the research question
  2. Developing the search
  3. Selection/screening of articles
  4. Appraisal of articles
  5. Synthesis, writing and publishing

Work your way through each step of the review process, and select the most relevant tools in each stage for your review type.

Different literature reviews serve different purposes, and have differing requirements.

You will need to consider:

  • the purpose of your review
  • the time or funding you have available and your level of experience
  • the number of reviewers on your team
  • your tolerance for missing any research (how comprehensive you need to be)