This is a cross-disciplinary guide providing training materials and resources for conducting systematic reviews and other evidence synthesis projects like scoping reviews, evidence maps, and more.

Statements in this guide should be recognized as generalized advice for broad audiences. Consult relevant methodological and reporting guidance documents.

Before You Start

Seven Starting Steps

Before you start the evidence synthesis process, you need to work through initial steps to identify project viability, scope, and type.

  1. Team - Systematic reviews and most other evidence synthesis require a research team
  2. Timeline - Evidence synthesis projects generally need 6-24 months to complete
  3. Exploratory Searches - Locate existing and planned evidence synthesis reviews on the topic, "seed articles" for the review, and get a sense of the project's scope
  4. Type - Select an evidence synthesis project type that matches your research goals, resources, and the available evidence
  5. Tools - Identify tools including a citation manager, screening software, and text editing software that all team members can access
  6. Guidelines - Identify both the appropriate methods and reporting guidelines for your project type
  7. Publication - Identify a potential publication venue and their requirements

 

 

Graduate Students

If you're a graduate student thinking about a systematic review, scoping review, evidence map or other evidence synthesis project for your thesis/dissertation, identify your plan for dealing with these starting steps.

Acknowledgment

This guide is informed by materials created by Sadie Skeels (formerly at CSU) and the Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guide from Cozette Comers and the University Libraries at Virginia Tech.

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