Informational Resources & Guides

Much has been written about the conduct of systematic reviews. Below are a few of the informational resources that may be valuable in planning and implementing a review.

Articles about Systematic Reviews

  1. Aromataris, E., & Pearson, A. (2014). The systematic review: an overview. American Journal of Nursing, 114(3), 53-58.
  2. Houde, SC. (2009). The systematic review of the literature: a tool for evidence-based policy. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 35(9), 9-12.
  3. O’Blenis, P. (2021). 5 Best Practices for Optimizing Your Systematic Review

Systematic Review Guides & Handbooks

  1. Higgins JPT, Green S (editors). Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions Version 5.1.0 [updated March 2011]. The Cochrane Collaboration, 2011. Available electronically from Also available in print form from various booksellers (for approx. $50).
  2. Munn, Z, Moola, S., Lisy, K., & Riitano, D. (2014). The Joanna Briggs Institute Reviewers’ Manual: The systematic review of prevalence and incidence data. Adelaide, AU: JBI.
  3. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses: a step-by-step guide. Developed by the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh.

Books about Systematic Reviews

  1. Gough, D., Oliver, S., & Thomas, J. (2012). An introduction to systematic reviews. SAGE Publications Ltd.  (approx. $45).
  2. Cooper, H., Hedges, L. V., & Valentine, J. C. (2009). The handbook of research synthesis and meta-analysis (2nd ed). Russell Sage Foundation. Available electronically and in print (for approx. $65).

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