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Systematic Reviews: Published Reviews & Protocol Registers

A guide to finding resources for a systematic review in the health and medical sciences

Systematic Reviews

Prior to starting a systematic review you need to find out if a systematic review has been done or is under way. Checking registers, such as PROSPERO, is important in ensuring that you aren't repeating a review that has been done or registered.

Published reviews also provide a useful starting point for identifying studies in your area of research.

Some databases focus specifically on indexing evidence-based medicine, systematic reviews, etc. e.g. Cochrane databases

You can also search the larger subject databases such as MEDLINE, CINAHL, PsycINFO and limit the search to "systematic review". Some databases have a filter or limit option to limit the search to 'systematic review'.

It's also useful to search the large multidisciplinary citation databases Web of Science and Scopus, particularly if your research is cross-disciplinary.

University of York. Centre for Reviews and Dissemination.

Cochrane Library

Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI)

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When using this Database it is best to select the MULTI-FIELD SEARCH Option

EPPI Centre

EPPI CentreEPPI-Centre is part of the Social Science Research Unit at the Institute of Education, University of London. It conducts systematic reviews across a range of topics and works with a large number of funders. 

Major areas include:

  • Education and social policy
  • Health promotion and public health
  • International health systems and development
  • Participative research and policy.

Full reviews can be found in the Centre’s online Evidence Library.

Campbell Collaboration


The Campbell Collaboration  is an international research network that produces systematic reviews of the effects of social interventions in education, crime and justice, social welfare and international development.

Full reports are published online in the Campbell Library.

Databases that include Systematic Reviews

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