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Evidence Synthesis in the Social Sciences


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Social Sciences Librarian

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Julia Maxwell

Essential Resources

General Evidence Synthesis

Overviews of evidence synthesis concepts and methods, choosing types of reviews. 

Systematic Reviews

Scoping Reviews

Educational Guides

Research Question Frameworks

Protocol Resources

Developing Your Protocol

Registering Your Protocl

Scoping Review How-Tos

Systematic Review How-Tos

Search Strategy Resources


This is not an exhaustive list, but attempts to capture the most prevalent databases used to search for evidence in the social sciences. See the full list of databases available to Rutgers affiliates. 

Grey Literature

Screening Resources

Charting / Extracting / Analyzing Evidence

Critical Appraisal Tools

The following is a very comprehensive list of critical appraisal tools. Each tool corresponds to either a body of knowledge or a specific type of study or research method. Be sure to use a tool that matches the subject, method, and/or study type of the tool you're use to appraise. 


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