Systematic reviews

A systematic review is a literature search carried out in a structured manner. This type of research is common in Medicine, but for instance also in the Social Sciences.

A systematic review answers a central question by summarising (all) relevant studies, leading to a better grasp of the subject matter.

Systematic literature search

A structured search for the right sources is an important part of a systematic review. The search strategy must be comprehensible and reproduceable; therefore clear reporting is essential. Regardless of the type of systematic review, the search strategy is always crucial.


In a meta-analysis, the systematic review is followed by a statistical analysis of the results from the studies used. Meta-analyses are particularly popular in the evidence-based sciences.

Systematic review training & workshops

Utrecht University Library experts can give workshops at your department and provide customised advice on systematic reviews.

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Are you interested in a workshop on systematic reviews or do you have specific questions? Send an email to the university library.