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Translational Science: Systematic Reviews

Introduction to library and information resources for students studying for a PhD in the translational sciences.

Finding Systematic Reviews

Locating Systematic Reviews:

What is a "Systematic Review" study?

Answer: Go Here

Full text of the regularly updated systematic reviews of the effects of healthcare prepared by The Cochrane Collaboration. Coverage: Current. Produced by the Cochrane Collaboration.

Systematic reviews in the areas of education, criminal justice and social welfare.

A full-text database containing critical assessments and structured abstracts of systematic reviews from medical journals from around the world. It covers topics such as diagnosis, prevention, rehabilitation, screening, and treatment. Produced by the National Health Services' Center for Reviews and Dissemination (NHS CRD) at the University of York, England.

MEDLINE allows you to search systematic reviews and meta-analysis. Run a search and click "Limits" to refine your search to systematic reviews.

Tip: Himmelfarb Library has created quick links. Run your search and select "Systematic Reviews" on the top right hand side of the screen to locate systematic reviews from within your search results.


Qualitative Research and Mixed Methodology

Dixon-Woods, M., Bonas, S., Booth, A., Jones, D. R., Miller, T., Sutton, A. J., . . . Young, B. (2006). How can systematic reviews incorporate qualitative research? A critical perspective. Qualitative Research, 6(1), 27-44. doi:10.1177/1468794106058867

Himmelfarb Library's Guide to Conducting Systematic Reviews

Check here for a step-by-step guide to conducting a systematic review.

You might also want to review the Joanna Briggs Manual on conducting systematic reviews:

 Aromataris E, Munn Z. Chapter 1: JBI Systematic Reviews. In: Aromataris E, Munn Z (Editors). Joanna Briggs Institute Reviewer's Manual. The    Joanna Briggs Institute, 2017. Available from 

Realist Review

Pawson R, Greenhalgh T, Harvey G, Walshe K. Realist review--a new method of systematic review designed for complex policy interventions. J Health Serv Res Policy. 2005 Jul;10 Suppl 1:21-34. doi: 10.1258/1355819054308530. PMID: 16053581.

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