A literature review is a summary and critical evaluation of a particular topic within a specific discipline. A literature review requires a comprehensive literature search across multiple databases and resources. The review should compare different research studies, point out where the literature is lacking or further research is needed, and provide a comprehensive, critical, and accurate evaluation of the current state of knowledge. Learn more here.
Systematic reviews provide one of the highest levels of evidence and make recommendations to guide clinicians and administrators to make decisions about policy and best practices.
They review ALL the relevant studies on a specific research question and synthesize the best studies in order to give the best clinical evidence answering the question.
Systematic reviews are called "systematic" because they use pre-defined rigorous, methodical, and clearly documented methods in each step of the research process. This reduces bias and ensures that the research is transparent so that readers can assess their quality. Learn more here.
The library subscribes to 100+ databases that provide coverage across various disciplines. Our most searched databases at MD Anderson are PubMed and Scopus. You may choose different databases to search based on your topic. It’s important to search more than one database in order to perform a comprehensive review of the literature.
Make an appointment with our expert searchers to explore your research question and define your topic.
Librarians are available to provide expert searching for clinical or academic research and hospital administration. This service is available to the faculty and staff at MD Anderson. Request a literature search here.