Introduction to Systematic Review

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Introduction to Systematic Review

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Gareth DykePaleontologist, Editor-in-Chief, Historical Biology, Taylor & Francis

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Learn to review existing literature that addresses a clearly formulated question

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30 mins



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3 modules

What you learn

Complete understanding of a systematic review – what it is and why is it important

Significance of a systematic review – what’s in it for you

Techniques, tips and tricks to write a systematic review


A thorough and detailed review of existing literature on a particular topic is called a systematic review. Typically, designed to address a specific question, it includes a protocol that defines the study design, objectives, and expected outcomes. Systematic literature review searches, identifies and synthesizes research evidence relevant to the question using methodology. This needs to be explicit and reproducible so it leads to minimum bias. Systematic reviews are extremely important while performing secondary research.

This course will cover the basics of how to approach a systematic review and how such a review is typically structured.

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LECTURE 1 |Video

Introduction to Systematic Review

12 mins

LECTURE 2 |Video

Why write Systematic Reviews?

12 mins

LECTURE 3 |Video

How to write a Systematic Review: Tips and Tricks

10 mins

Instructor (1)

Gareth Dyke - R Upskill Training Instructor

Gareth Dyke

Paleontologist, Editor-in-Chief, Historical Biology, Taylor & Francis

7 courses by this instructor

Gareth Dyke manages the Taylor & Francis journal Historical Biology as Editor-in-Chief. His research has been widely covered in the media and he is often invited to present talks and lead workshops around the world, most recently in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, China, Colombia, Spain, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia.

A regular contributor to The Conversation, he has also written numerous news…

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Reviews (2)

Jorge R. Palacios Argueta

Very helpful and easy to understand.

Wiederanders Paula

Very nice overview on what a systematic review is about.