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What is the purpose of this guide?
This guide presents tools and advice for conducting systematic reviews (SRs), including (see tabs):
Outline of the SR process
Formulating an effective search strategy
Selecting & searching databases
Managing search results
How HSL librarians can help
What is a Systematic Review?
A systematic review (SR) attempts to collate all empirical evidence that fits pre-specified eligibility criteria in order to answer a specific research question. It uses explicit, systematic methods that are selected with a view to minimizing bias, thus providing more reliable findings from which conclusions can be drawn and decisions made. (The Cochrane Handbook)
Key characteristics of a systematic review are:
a clearly defined topic, with pre-defined eligibility criteria for studies