This page identifies resources that help demystify three common types of review articles:
Each of these review articles has a unique purpose and a unique methodology.
Review articles may be an introduction to a project or your dissertation (Literature Review), or a publishable article (Scoping & Systematic Reviews).
Always ask yourself:
Conducting a comprehensive search of the literature involves very different methods than a systematic review. If you are unsure as to which project best meets your needs, consult the your Liaison Librarian, Kate Mercer
What is a literature review? A literature review gives readers a way to easily access research on a particular topic by providing a peer reviewed paper that includes high quality articles and/or studies that are relevant, meaningful, and valid, summarizing the data and results into one source.
These resources offer practical insight into literature reviews:
What is a scoping review? "Scoping reviews are a type of literature review that aims to provide an overview of the type, extent and quantity of research available on a given topic. By ‘mapping’ existing research, a scoping review can identify potential research gaps and future research needs, and do so by using systematic and transparent methods." Source
These resources offer practical insight into scoping reviews:
What is a systematic review? "Systematic reviews seek to collate all evidence that fits pre-specified eligibility criteria in order to address a specific research question" and "...aim to minimize bias by using explicit, systematic methods." Source
These resources offer practical insight into systematic reviews:
Use the "UW Library Systematic Review Protocol" to identify the various aspects of your systematic review (SR) project. This protocol will help minimize the likelihood of bias throughout the SR process, which is vital to a SR.
Use the "Study Flow Diagram (PRISMA) & RefWorks Folders" document to help guide you as you build your PRISMA diagram for your systematic review/meta-analysis.