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Systematic Reviews: A How-To Guide

Overview of systematic review steps and resources to assist researchers conducting reviews

A. Analyze Your Results

Analyze Your Results

Once you have performed your literature search to find studies covering your research question the next stage is to analyze them. This involves:

  • Selecting the studies from those you have found which you would like to include in your review
  • Assessing the quality of every study you are including

Assess the Quality

Once you know which studies meet your criteria you need to appraise them for quality. Part of this quality check is checking for the risk of bias amongst studies you have found.

Some of the links below include checklists for different types of studies, to help you with this task.


Adapted and modified with gratitude from City University of London's Doing Post Graduate Research research guide.

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