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Literature Reviews in the Health Sciences: Getting Started

What is a systematic review?

This video, created by Cochrane, gives a basic explanation of  what a systematic review is:

http://www.cochrane.org/news/what-are-systematic-reviews

Books on Conducting Systematic Reviews

Manuals

Manuals.

Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions - online or print.  This is likely the single best source for systematic reviews.

Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD), University of York, UK - see the section called "Our Guidance"

JBI Reviewers’ Manual

Reporting Standards

PRISMA Transparent Reporting of Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses - http://www.prisma-statement.org/

Cochrane Methodological Expectations of Cochrane Intervention Reviews (MECIR) - http://editorial-unit.cochrane.org/mecir

Institute of Medicine Standards - http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2011/Finding-What-Works-in-Health-Care-Standards-for-Systematic-Reviews/Standards.aspx