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What is a Systematic Review?

Systematic Reviews (SR) are highly structured explorations of literature on a narrowly defined question or perspective. Their goal is to provide measurable answers concerning treatment, policy or intervention in the clinical setting or at the public policy level

Key characteristics:

  • a clearly defined research question and protocol (research plan)
  • inclusion and exclusion criteria
  • a rigorous and systematic search of the literature
  • critical appraisal and bias assessment of all included studies
  • analysis and interpretation of results
  • an in-depth report

Finding Systematic Reviews in the Library

Finding Systematic Reviews in the Library

CINAHL with Full-text

  • Pull up all systematic reviews by searching on the topic of "systematic review" and limit to the field TI Title 
  • Add in keywords or phrases in quotes with AND
  • Use limiters to narrow the results further with: Scholarly, Peer-review, Date, Publisher, Subject etc.
  • Indexes and provides access to the Detailed Abstracts for over 6000 reviews from the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2000-Present).

OVID: Healthcare and Nursing Journals

  • Pull up all systematic reviews by searching on  the topic of “systematic review” and limit to the field Abstract or to the field Title
  • Add in topic keywords or phrases in quotes with AND  - limiting to All Fields – broadening the topic if necessary eg. Burnout rather than “caregiver burnout”
  • Use limiters to narrow the results further with: Years, Journal, Publication Type

ProQuest Central

  • Pull up all systematic reviews by searching on the topic of "systematic review" and limit to the field Document Title TI
  • Add in keywords or phrases in quotes with AND
  • Use limiters to narrow the results further with: Scholarly, Peer-review, Date, Publisher, Subject etc.

Source: https://www.differencebetween.com/what-is-the-difference-between-literature-review-and-systematic-review/#:~:text=The%20key%20difference%20between%20literature,collect%20and%20analyze%20secondary%20data.

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