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What review type is right for you?

You may be starting a new assignment or research project and wonder- what review type is right for me?

Here a few fun ways to learn about review types and which might serve you best.

Discover Review Types

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.

If you are still unsure, you can always ask a librarian!

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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  • 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 Methodology, 18(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.