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Doing a Systematic Review

Doing a Systematic Review
A Student's Guide

Third Edition
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December 2023 | 376 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Completing a systematic review and unsure where to start or what path to take? Set out on your journey confidently with this practical guide written by a team of experienced academics. 

With a friendly, accessible style, the book covers every step of the systematic review process, from planning to dissemination. 

This book will help you to: 
• Work with qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods data
• Understand the how-to of systematic reviews with a range of real-life examples and case studies
• Learn from students who have been in your shoes with FAQs taken from actual supervision meetings. 

This book will not only support you to overcome common challenges and pitfalls, it will give you the knowledge and skills to produce an excellent review and you might even enjoy the journey!

Alongside updated examples and case studies, this edition also includes two new chapters to help you write and register your review protocol and understand and synthesise data from correlational and experimental studies. 

The book is accompanied by an online guide for teaching, including videos, example documents, further reading, software recommendations and weblinks.

Chapter 1: What is a Systematic Review?
Chapter 2: Planning and Managing My Review
Chapter 3: Defining My Review Question and Identifying Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria
Chapter 4: Writing a Protocol
Chapter 5: Developing My Search Strategy
Chapter 6: Applying Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria
Chapter 7: Data Extraction: Where Do I Begin?
Chapter 8: Quality Assessment: Where Do I Begin?
Chapter 9: Understanding and Critically Appraising Data from Experimental and Correlational Studies
Chapter 10: Understanding and Synthesizing Numerical Data from Intervention Studies
Chapter 11: Understanding and Synthesizing Qualitative Data
Chapter 12: Reviewing Economic Evaluations
Chapter 13: Writing My Discussion and Conclusions
Chapter 14: Disseminating My Review

'This is an excellent resource for researchers of all levels looking to conduct a systematic review. User friendly, logical and well structured, the book holds the hand of the reader through each step of conducting a systematic reviews. I would recommend this resource unreservedly'

Rhodri Lloyd
Cardiff Metropolitan University

An very useful guide for students new to systematic review. The guide provides simple to follow instructions.

Mrs Theresa Jane Waight
School of Law, Criminology and Government, Plymouth University
June 5, 2024

an excellent and clear book to assist anyone undertaking a Systematic Review. The guidance is clear and the panning aids excellent.
The electronic copy should be in every university library to assist all budding researchers.

Mr Anthony Dennis
Faculty of Health, Social Care and Educa, St.George's, University of London Campus
January 3, 2024

A very detailed text on SRs. The requirements of this module are such that this text is one of several used.

Dr Diane Simpson
Faculty of Education and Society, Sunderland University
December 9, 2023

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