"This type of review is a specific methodology that aims to comprehensively identify all relevant studies on a specific topic, and to select appropriate studies based on explicit criteria. In addition, the methodological quality of the studies included is assessed by on the basis of explicit criteria, such as the presence of a pre-test or a control group. In contrast to a conventional literature review, a systematic review (SR) is transparent, verifiable, and reproducible, and, as a result, the likelihood of bias is considerably smaller. Many SRs also include a meta-analysis, in which statistical analysis techniques are used to combine the results of individual studies to arrive at a more accurate estimate of effects ."
Providing literature search support is an integral part of our service; however providing support in designing, constructing and developing a search strategy for systematic review is a lengthy process. With this in mind we have put in place the following guidelines in relation to systematic review support. The following outlines the Knowledge and Library Service’s policy for collaboration with staff on reviews, such as systematic reviews, narrative reviews, realist reviews and other types of reviews.
Please read the full guidelines here: Systematic Reviews – UHBW Policy on KLS Support
In order to encourage dissemination of the PRISMA 2020 Statement, it has been published in several journals.
Before registering a new systematic review, check PROSPERO to see whether a similar review already exists.
"Prospective registration of systematic reviews promotes transparency, helps reduce potential for bias and serves to avoid unintended duplication of reviews. Registration offers advantages to many stakeholders in return for modest additional effort from the researchers registering their reviews."
•Statistics and Statistical Publications
GreyNet is dedicated to research, publication, open access, and education in the field of grey literature
Web Search Tools
TRIP Database https://www.tripdatabase.com/ A clinical search engine designed to allow users to quickly and easily find and use high-quality research evidence to support their practice and/or care.
CASH http://cash.libraryservices.nhs.uk/ A collaborative project provided by a network of librarians and knowledge managers in the health sector .
MEDNAR (USA) http://mednar.com/mednar/desktop/en/search.html Free, medically-focused deep web search engine.
CORE https://core.ac.uk/ Aggregates open access research outputs from repositories and journals worldwide
OpenDoar http://www.opendoar.org/search.php Direcory of academic open access repositories
Oaister - http://oaister.worldcat.org/ From OCLC, uses Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting.
BASE - https://www.base-search.net/ Provides access to more than 100 million documents from more than 5,000 sources.
Formal Bibliographic Databases
NICE Evidence Search http://www.evidence.nhs.uk/
PROQUEST - PILOTS Published International Literature On Traumatic Stress http://search.proquest.com
Cochrane Library http://www.cochranelibrary.com/
HMIC - library catalogues of the King's Fund and DH. Lots of UK Health Policy,Circulars, Think Tank material etc.
COPAC http://copac.jisc.ac.uk/ Brings together the catalogues of c.90 major UK and Irish libraries
British Library http://explore.bl.uk/
eTHOS - http://ethos.bl.uk/ UK’s national thesis service which aims to maximise the visibility and availability of the UK’s
doctoral research theses.
Global ETD Search - http://search.ndltd.org/index.php Search the 4,872,302 electronic theses and dissertations contained in
the NDLTD archive:
OATD - Open Access Theses and Dissertations https://oatd.org/ Advanced research and scholarship. Theses and dissertations,
free to find, free to use.
DART-Europe E-theses Portal - http://www.dart-europe.eu/About/info.php A partnership of research libraries and library
consortia working together to improve access to European research theses.
Websites & Bulletins
King's Fund https://www.kingsfund.org.uk The King's Fund's Information and Knowledge Services provide a unique and free source of information on health and social care policy and management
Nuffield Trust http://www.nuffieldtrust.org.uk/ Provides evidence-based research and policy analysis.
The Health Foundation http://www.health.org.uk/Publications are available to download. Hard copies of many publications
can also be ordered free of charge.
NESTA http://www.nesta.org.uk/ Original research and influential policy work in the field of innovation