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Research Process: Systematic Review

This guide gives a full overview of all the aspects of the research process and where to get assistance.

Prisma: Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses

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Why Systematic Reviews Matter - Elsevier

Easy guide to conducting a systematic review - Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health

What is a systematic review? - Bandolier

PRISMA - PRISMA is an evidence-based minimum set of items for reporting in systematic reviews and meta-analyses. PRISMA focuses on the reporting of reviews evaluating randomized trials, but can also be used as a basis for reporting systematic reviews of other types of research, particularly evaluations of interventions. See the PRISMA protocol for more on constructing a protocol. 

Doing a Systematic Review - SAGE

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Introduction to Systematic Reviews

"Systematic review describes a specific methodology for conducting reviews of literature. This methodology prescribes explicit, reproducible, and transparent processes for collating the best available evidence in answer to specific questions. In particular, it requires the use of robust techniques for searching for and identifying primary studies, appraising the quality of these studies, selecting the studies to be included in the review, extracting the data from the studies, and synthesizing the findings narratively and/or through pooling suitable quantitative data in META-ANALYSIS" (Lewis-Beck, Bryman & Liao, 2004). READ MORE

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods

Information Management


Helping systematic review authors quickly, easily and enjoyably create reviews, collaborate, maintain over time and get suggestions for article inclusion. 

RevMan (Review Manager):

Available in a convenient web based application, as well as Desktop verion, RevMan has been designed to integrate with other systematic review software, and can be used to manage the various steps in the Systematic Review Process.

R statistical software:


R provides a wide variety of statistical (linear and nonlinear modelling, classical statistical tests, time-series analysis, classification, clustering, …) and graphical techniques, and is highly extensible. The S language is often the vehicle of choice for research in statistical methodology, and R provides an Open Source route to participation in that activity.