What Is a Systematic Literature Review and How Do I Do One?

  • Dr Andy Siddaway
  • Published 2014


SYSTEMATIC REVIEW Systematic reviews aim to address these problems by identifying, critically evaluating and integrating the findings of all relevant, high-quality individual studies addressing one or more research questions. A good systematic review might achieve most or all of the following (Baumeister & Leary, 1997; Bem, 1995; Cooper, 2003):  Establish to what extent existing research has progressed towards clarifying a particular problem;  Identify relations, contradictions, gaps, and inconsistencies in the literature, and explore reasons for these (e.g. by proposing a new conceptualisation or theory which accounts for the inconsistency);  Formulate general statements or an overarching conceptualization (make a point, rather than summarizing all the points everyone else has made; Sternberg, 1991);  Comment on, evaluate, extend, or develop theory;  In doing these things, provide implications for practice and policy;  Describe directions for future research.

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@inproceedings{Siddaway2014WhatIA, title={What Is a Systematic Literature Review and How Do I Do One?}, author={Dr Andy Siddaway}, year={2014} }