This guide has 10 sections to get you started with your library research for your Research Presentation and Systematic Review assessments.
Before you start, it is strongly recommended that you:
Helpful Libguide resources for this assessment include:
According to the Cochrane Library, "A systematic review attempts to identify, appraise and synthesize all the empirical evidence that meets pre-specified eligibility criteria to answer a specific research question. Researchers conducting systematic reviews use explicit, systematic methods that are selected with a view aimed at minimizing bias, to produce more reliable findings to inform decision making."
Watch the videos below on what is a systematic review.
What are systematic reviews? by Cochrane Library
The Steps of a Systematic Review by Center for Evidence Synthesis in Health
The Library Systematic Review Guide is an introduction to the systematic review process. It covers:
Click the following image to visit the Systematic Review: Appraisal Guide.
Before you start looking for information for your systematic review, it is important to analyse your topic and plan for your research. Think about:
Identifying key concepts and keywords in your topic will help you to locate relevant information more effectively. Also think about similar concepts and alternative terms e.g. sport OR exercise, aboriginal OR indigenous.
These key concepts and keywords will form the basis of your initial search strategy.
Watch the videos below on developing a search strategy. What are your key concepts and keywords?
Systematic Review Search Strategy by Research Masterminds
Turning your research question into a search strategy by Leeds University Library
Information or literature can be found in a variety of sources such as Library Search, Databases, and on the Internet.
Library journal databases are collections of journal articles. You can find the best databases for your topic on the Subject Resource Guides to
Not sure how to use them? Watch the following videos and try your search in
A systematic review requires searching multiple resources on your topic. A good way to manage all your search results is to use a Citation Management Tool.
The library supports the use of EndNote for you to save, manage, and review the literature you have found for your literature review. EndNote can also create in-text citations and bibliography in Word automatically for you.
From the library EndNote Guide, you can:
For a quick overview, watch the following video on how to use EndNote.
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The Library has created style guides for most referencing styles used at UON including Vancouver Style.
For a quick overview, watch the following video on Vancouver style
You won’t be able to read everything on your topic and you don’t need to read a source from cover to cover, you need to read effectively.
Watch the video below on reading and note making for your research
Writing your report is an ongoing process of writing and re-writing. See the UON Academic Support Team’s Guide to Report Writing for detailed instructions on report writing, and always follow your lecturer’s instructions for what elements you are required to include.
Watch the video below on Report Writing. Contact academic support for more help.
After you have finished writing your systematic review, you can assess it yourself using one or more of the critical appraisal tools to see if your systematic review is trustworthy, valuable, and bias free.
See more critical appraisal tools in the library’s Systematic Review Guide