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About this Guide

This guide provides an overview and signposts to some of the elements of systematic reviews and systematic literature searching in social science and related areas. It introduces the main elements for people new to using systematic reviews or undertaking them. 

There is substantial literature on the approaches and methods for undertaking systematic reviews, both practically and from conceptual perspectives.

The recommended reading section and other links in the guide provide more detailed discussion of the debates of practical and conceptual considerations in the design, conduct, reporting and use of systematic reviews.

Professor David Gough of the IOE on Systematic Reviews

This video (22 minutes) provides an overview of different types of systematic reviews.

Further study

The opportunity to study and debate the theory and practice of systematic reviews is available through online and face-to-face Masters-level modules, short courses and seminars run by the EPPI-Centre at UCL at various times of the year. Further details are here.  

The 'Information and Literature Searching' compulsory course for IOE PhD students offered by Nazlin Bhimani highlights the differences between narrative reviews and systematic reviews. 

There are 10 free webisodes from the EPPI-Centre on various aspects of systematic reviews and research use that are available to watch here


This guide is published in collaboration with staff at the EPPI-Centre based at the UCL Institute of Education. It is published under the CC-BY-NC 4.0 license.

Citation:  Stansfield, C., Gough, D., Bangpan, M., Bhimani, N. (2019). Systematic Reviews. London: UCL Institute of Education LibGuides.