Systematic Reviews in Theory and Practice for Library and Information Studies

Sue F Phelps, Nicole Campbell


This article is about the use of systematic reviews as a research methodology in library and information studies (LIS). A systematic review is an attempt to gather all of the research on a given topic in order to answer a specific question. They have been used extensively in the health care field and have more recently found their way into the social sciences, including librarianship. Examples of the use of systematic reviews in LIS illustrate the benefits and challenges to using this methodology. Included is a brief description of how to conduct a review and a reading list for further information.


systematic review; research method

Full Text: PDF

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

CILIP Registered Charity no 313014

ISSN 1756-1086 (Online)