There are several kinds of reviews: plain literature reviews, systematic reviews, and integrative reviews are the most common.
*A meta-analysis study is one where carefully selected data from previous studies is combined to bring more rigor to a statistical or other analysis. A systematic review is necessary to be sure that the data from the selected studies is comparable and combinable.
Literature Searches: Search for any systematic reviews that may already answer the key question(s).
Next, choose appropriate databases and conduct very broad, comprehensive searches.
Can cover wide range of subjects at various levels of completeness and comprehensiveness. Refers to any combination of methods where one significant component is a literature review (usually systematic).
Within a review context it refers to a combination of review approaches for example combining quantitative with qualitative research or outcome with process studies.
Aims to demonstrate writer has extensively researched literature and critically evaluated its quality.
Goes beyond mere description to include degree of analysis and conceptual innovation. Generic term: published materials that provide examination of recent or current literature.
Basic research skills and resources in psychology, sociology and other disciplines of the social sciences.
Systematic reviewing is a method that was developed in medicine and health to enable efficient access to sound research evidence and thereby improve health care decisions and outcomes.