Chapter 1: Why do we need systematic reviews?
Chapter 2: Starting the review: Refining the question and defining the boundaries.
Chapter 3: What sorts of studies do I include in the review? Deciding on the review's inclusion / exclusion criteria.
Chapter 4: How to find the studies: The literature search.
Chapter 5: How to appraise the studies: An introduction to assessing study quality.
Chapter 6: Synthesising the evidence.
Chapter 7: Exploring heterogeneity and publication bias.
Chapter 8: Disseminating the review.
Chapter 9: Systematic reviews: Urban myths and fairy tales.
Appendix 1: The review process (and some questions to ask before starting a review).
Appendix 2: MOOSE Guidelines.
Appendix 3: Example of flow diagram from a systematic review.
Appendix 4: Example data extraction form.
Appendix 5: Variations in the quality of systematic reviews.
- Overview of systematic literature review methods;
- Written by two highly-respected social scientists;
- Outlines the rationale and methods of systematic reviews;
- Gives worked examples from social science and other field;
- Applies to all social science disciplines;
- Requires no previous knowledge, but takes the reader through the process stage by stage;
- Draws on examples from such diverse fields as psychology, criminology, education, transport, social welfare, public health, and housing and urban policy, among others;
- Includes detailed sections on assessing the quality of both quantitative, and qualitative research; searching for evidence in the social sciences;
meta-analytic and other methods of evidence synthesis; publication bias; heterogeneity; and approaches to dissemination.