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Social Work: Systematic Reviews

What are Systematic Reviews?

Systematic reviews identify and analyze all of the research that has been done on a specific topic. They expose gaps in research and can help practitioners make decisions by revealing what up-to-date evidence shows.

β€œA systematic review attempts to identify, appraise and synthesize all the empirical evidence that meets pre-specified eligibility criteria to answer a given research question. Researchers conducting systematic reviews use explicit methods aimed at minimizing bias, in order to produce more reliable findings that can be used to inform decision making.”

~ Cochrane Library, About Cochrane Reviews

Finding Systematic Reviews

Try searching the following resources to find systematic reviews. You can also search databases using "systematic review" as a keyword.

Cochrane Library

Collection of seven databases with information on the effects of intervention and prevention in health care.

Campbell Library

The peer-reviewed online monograph series of systematic reviews prepared under the editorial control of the Campbell Collaboration. Campbell systematic reviews follow structured guidelines and standards for summarizing the international research evidence on the effects of interventions in crime and justice, education, international development, and social welfare.


A database of systematic reviews of public health and health promotion interventions.

Pubmed Systematic Review Filter

Free biomedical literature search tool, composed primarily of Medline but including additional information. Select "Clinical Queries" under the heading "PubMed Tools" to find systematic reviews.


Visit the Systematic Reviews Subject Guide for more information and contact the Social work Librarian, Meredith Fischer:

Page Owner: Meredith Fischer

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Last Updated: February 29, 2024 2:03pm