It's very common to not know what the differences are between different types of reviews. If you're feeling confused about what type of review is right for your project, you're not alone! Here are a few papers that can help you determine the difference between different review methods:
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The following are some of the common types of evidence synthesis.
|Method||Characteristics||Social Science Example|
Loong, D., Bonato, S., Barnsley, J., & Dewa, C. S.(2019). The effectiveness of mental health courts in reducing recidivism and police contact: A systematic review. Community Mental Health Journal, 55, 1073-1098. doi: 10.1007/s10597-019-00421-9
||Langevin, R., Marshall, C., & Kingsland, E. (2021). Intergenerational Cycles of Maltreatment: A Scoping Review of Psychosocial Risk and Protective Factors. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 22(4), 672–688. https://doi.org/10.1177/1524838019870917
|Literature (Narrative) Review||
Burgess, D., & Shier, M. L. (2018). Food insecurity and social work: A comprehensive literature review. International Social Work, 61(6), 826-842. https://doi.org/10.1177/0020872816672519
||Smith, N., Georgiou, M., King, A. C., Tieges, Z., Webb, S., & Chastin, S. (2021). Urban blue spaces and human health: A systematic review and meta-analysis of quantitative studies. Cities, 119, 103413–. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2021.103413
||Ehsan, A., Klaas, H. S., Bastianen, A., & Spini, D. (2019). Social capital and health: A systematic review of systematic reviews. SSM - Population Health, 8, 100425–100425. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2019.100425
||Nussbaumer-Streit, B., Mayr, V., Dobrescu, A. I., Chapman, A., Persad, E., Klerings, I., Wagner, G., Siebert, U., Christof, C., Zachariah, C., & Gartlehner, G. (2020). Quarantine alone or in combination with other public health measures to control COVID‐19: a rapid review. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2020(6), CD013574–CD013574. https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD013574
There are many factors to consider when choosing the type of review appropriate for your research topic. Some of these factors include:
Use these resources to determine the type of review that is right for you:
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