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Systematic Reviews

Many of these resources can be found as links throughout this guide, but they are also consolidated here for your convenience.

Standards and Guidelines for Conducting Systematic Reviews

IOM Guide

IOM Standards

The Institute of Medicine's recommended standards for developing high-quality systematic reviews of comparative effectiveness research.

Cochrane Handbook

Cochrane Handbook

The Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions.


PRISMA Guidelines

A statement of the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses.

CRD Guide

CRD Guidelines

The Centre for Reviews and Dissemination's guidance for undertaking systematic reviews in health care.

BEME Guide

BEME Guide

The Best Evidence Medical Education Collaboration's guide to conducting a best evidence systematic review.

AHRQ's Methods Guide

AHRQ Guide

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's guide for effectiveness and comparative effectiveness reviews.

Search for More Information on Conducting Systematic Reviews

The following is a basic PubMed search for publications about the process of conducting and/or writing up systemtic reviews. Modify the search however you need to find more specific topics:

Systematic Review Tools

Citation Management Tools

Citation Management Tools:

Find Ongoing and Published Systematic Reviews

Tools for Assessing the Quality of Systematic Reviews


This guide was originally curated by Sarah Ginier, Kent State University practicum student, Spring 2016. It was modified in May 2018. For more information, please email