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Systematic Reviews

Note about Rapid Reviews

A quick note about Rapid Reviews. Often researchers are drawn to these as an option due to their faster timeline. However, be cautious about going down this path as Rapid Reviews are most often justified when there are external forces affecting the timeliness of the review (i.e. rapidly evolving landscape or impending policy decisions).

Types of Reviews

As the popularity of the systematic reviews have increased, more people want to conduct them. But is it always the right review type for your situation? This helpful decision tree from Cornell University Library walks you through different review methodologies based on your needs.

A decision tree that walks through different Review options

"Review Methodologies Decision Tree" by Cornell University Library is licensed under CC BY 4.0.

A Bibliography of Review Types

Grant, M. J., & Booth, A. (2009). A typology of reviews: an analysis of 14 review types and associated methodologies. Health information and libraries journal, 26(2), 91–108.
Munn, Z., Peters, M.D.J., Stern, C., Tufanaru, C., McArthur, A., & Aromataris, E. (2018). Systematic review or scoping review? Guidance for authors when choosing between a systematic or scoping review approach. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 18(1), 143.
Sutton, A., Clowes, M., Preston, L., & Booth, A. (2019). Meeting the review family: exploring review types and associated information retrieval requirements. Health information and libraries journal, 36(3), 202–222.