What is a Systematic Review?


Library research often starts with a request for a summary of “best practices,” “best evidence,” a “review of the literature,” or the need to conduct a “systematic review of the literature.”

A true “systematic review” refers to a very specific synthesis methodology, a “meticulous summary of all the available primary research in response to a research question” (Clarke, 2011).

  • Are you looking for a Systematic Review to support a literature search?
  • Are you embarking on conducting a “systematic review” or another synthesis method?

START by reading this one page article from the Research Made Simple series in Evidence Based Nursing:

Clarke, J. (2011). What is a systematic review? Evidence-Based Nursing, 14(3), 64–64.