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Knowledge Synthesis

This guide includes content about systematic reviews, including general information and information about librarian assistance


If you are unsure of what review types best fit your publication, try taking one of these quizzes. They will point you in the right direction. You can always ask a librarian. 

Decision Tree

Adapted from What Type of Review is Right for You? by Cornell University Library. Licensed under CC BY 4.0

Library Services, Unity Health Toronto. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

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  • Grant, M. J., & Booth, A. (2009). A typology of reviews: An analysis of 14 review types and associated methodologies. Health Information and Libraries Journal26(2), 91–108.

  • Munn, Z., Stern, C., Aromataris, E., Lockwood, C., & Jordan, Z. (2018). What kind of systematic review should I conduct? A proposed typology and guidance for systematic reviewers in the medical and health sciences. BMC Medical Research Methodology18(1), Article 1.

  • Sutton, A., Clowes, M., Preston, L., & Booth, A. (2019). Meeting the review family: Exploring review types and associated information retrieval requirements. Health Information & Libraries Journal, 36(3), 202–222.