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Using PRISMA for Systematic Reviews

PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) is a helpful tool for writing a systematic review manuscript. The PRISMA checklist provides a list of 27 items that should be reported to ensure the methods of the systematic review are explained thoroughly and are replicable. Hundreds of journals, like the Lancet and JAMA, have  [Read more]

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Systematic Review or Scoping Review? How to Choose the Best Review for your Research Topic

Before embarking on an evidence synthesis project, it is important to understand what type of review is most suitable for your research question. Choosing the wrong review type for your question can lead to frustrating results. The ultimate goal of a systematic review is to “collate all empirical evidence that fits pre-specified eligibility criteria in  [Read more]

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Preparing for a Systematic Review

As national leaders in systematic review support, Becker Library provides a robust Systematic Review Service to the Washington University Medical Center community. Becker librarians have recently updated the Systematic Review Request Form as part of their effort to continually improve the Systematic Review Service and give patrons the most comprehensive experience when working with a  [Read more]

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Explore the revised and updated Becker Systematic Review Guide

Are you considering embarking on a systematic review project? The newly revised and updated Becker Library Systematic Review Guide walks you through the process of working on a systematic review—from developing your research question and forming a project team, through conducting the literature search and writing your manuscript. Highlights of the guide include: Becker Systematic  [Read more]

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Is a Systematic Review Right for You?

High-quality systematic reviews are important contributions to medical literature, but how do you know if your research question is the right fit for a systematic review? Here is a quick breakdown of the systematic review process, and what should be considered before embarking on your research journey.