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Systematic review steps

Systematic reviews involve several steps, as librarians we can help with steps 3 and 5.  For Step 3, literature searching, librarians can help with principles of searching.

  1. Planning your review
  2. Performing scoping searches, identifying review question and writing  protocol
  3. Literature Searching
  4. Screening titles and abstracts
  5. Obtaining papers
  6. Selecting full text articles
  7. Data extraction
  8. Quality assessment
  9. Analysis and synthesis
  10. Writing up, editing and disseminating


Librarians can also help advise on the best use of the University’s supported referencing software for managing and organising references.

Database searching video and user guide

Search process

Prospero: Register your systematic review

PROSPERO is an international database of prospectively registered systematic reviews in health and social care. Key features from the review protocol are recorded and maintained as a permanent record. PROSPERO aims to provide a comprehensive listing of systematic reviews registered at inception to help avoid unplanned duplication and enable comparison of reported review methods with what was planned in the protocol.

Consider registering your systematic review and also searching to see whether a systematic review on your prospective topic has also been registered in order to avoid duplicating research.