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Your CECH Library guide to multi-disciplinary resources in support of graduate programs in Counseling and Counselor Education.

What is a Systematic Review?

A systematic review is an academic research paper that uses a method called ‘evidence synthesis’, which can include meta-analysis, to look for answers to a pre-defined question. The purpose of a systematic review is to sum up the best available research on that specific question. Reviews can also show when there has not been enough research carried out, and where more research is needed.

Source: Campbell Collaboration (

If you are interested in doing a systematic review outside of the social sciences, check out the research guide below from the UC Health Sciences Library.

Select Databases and Tools for Systematic Reviews



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