The following areas of the website provide resources on the 'why' and how' of systematic research synthesis.

Evidence informed policy and practice

We do not undertake research synthesis as an abstract exercise; there is a purpose: to inform policy and practice. This section focuses on these issues.


Our book on systematic reviewing provides a description of the methods used at each stage of a systematic review. Click through to order 'Gough D, Oliver S, Thomas J (2017) An Introduction to Systematic Reviews', (2nd Edition) by Sage.


We also recommend our guide 'Learning from research: Systematic reviews for informing policy decisions', published by the Alliance for Useful Evidence, which describes the logic of a systematic review, mixed methods reviews, the main stages of undertaking a review, and some of the key issues to consider during the process.

This Libguide on systematic reviews introduces key elements of systematic reviews and provides links to various resources on the topic.


The tools page provides information and links to various data coding and management tools and guidelines.


The EPPI-Centre provides and is involved in supporting a number of databases containing primary research studies and evidence reviews, many of which have been used in EPPI-Centre systematic reviews.

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