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Literature Reviews, Systematic Reviews & More for Health Sciences

tips for students in all School of Public Health and Health Sciences departments and the College of Nursing

Guide Overview

This guide contains resources and links about various types of reviews: literature, systematic, scoping, integrative, meta-analysis, etc. Below, I have linked to an article that describes several different types of reviews and how they differ. The target audience for this guide are students in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences and College of Nursing.

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Need some help on how to interpret a research study? This brief from the Guttmacher Institute was written about social science research, but most of the questions to ask apply to all types of research.

I created a couple of handouts with instructions on how to export large results sets into Excel and RefWorks and removing duplicate items.

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Getting Started

The best place to start your search is with the databases of academic literature for your discipline. Here are a few used across many science and health science disciplines.

To find additional sources, here are links to my Research Guides for the various disciplines in SPHHS and Nursing. Look for the Find Articles tab to get a list of suggested databases, but remember that, depending on your topic, you may want to consult additional sources.

Evaluating Studies

Finding Grey Literature & Data