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Searching for systematic reviews

This guide provides information on systematic review support available from UCL Library Services

What are systematic reviews?

"Systematic reviews attempt to bring the same level of rigour to reviewing research evidence as should be used in producing that research evidence in the first place... [and] should be based on a peer-reviewed protocol so that they can be replicated if necessary.

High quality systematic reviews seek to:

  • identify all relevant published and unpublished evidence;
  • select studies or reports for inclusion;
  • assess the quality of each study or report;
  • synthesise the findings from individual studies or reports in an unbiased way;
  • interpret the findings and present a balanced and impartial summary of the findings with due consideration of any flaws in the evidence."

Source: Hemingway, P. and Brereton, N. (2009) What is a systematic review?, What is...? series [online]. Accessed 11.05.20