Systematic Review and Evidence Synthesis

About this guide

This guide is intended to help researchers learn more about types of evidence syntheses. It provides an overview of the evidence synthesis process, guidance documents for conducting evidence synthesis projects, and links to resources to help you conduct a comprehensive and systematic search of the scholarly literature. It is not intended to substitute for meeting with a librarian, and we encourage you to meet with someone from our team if you are beginning an evidence synthesis review.

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Evidence synthesis reviews encompass systematic reviews and related methodologies (e.g., scoping reviews, meta-analyses, and evidence gap maps).

Work with a librarian

Librarians help researchers conduct evidence syntheses. 

This guide is not intended as a substitute for meeting with a librarian from our team of evidence synthesis experts. The service is available to U of M researchers.

Work with librarians to increase the quality of reviews and streamline the process. Librarians help you

  • determine if there are existing reviews on your topic,  
  • develop and register a protocol to ensure transparency and rigor,
  • create search strategies to identify all relevant studies,
  • deliver search results formatted for citation managers and systematic review tools,
  • implement best practices for screening, risk of bias assessment, and data extraction and synthesis,
  • and write the search methodology.
Last Updated: Nov 11, 2022 1:30 PM