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Built environment

This page contains information for conducting a systematic review in Built Environment studies. This includes formal guidelines, reporting standards, protocol development and registration information, search construction and analysis, critical appraisal as well as recommended method books, chapters and papers.

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This section contains guidelines for conducting a systematic review of studies of the Built Environment.

Reporting standards

Reporting standards aim to improve the standards of reporting in evidence synthesis. Utilising reporting standards will ensure all the relevant methodological information is included for the peer-review process.

Protocol development and registration

A review protocol defines the scope of a systematic review including the research question/s, populations, settings and outcomes. The search strategy for retrieving papers is also outlined in the protocol. Register your systematic review protocol to ensure your topic is not duplicated unknowingly by another researcher.  

Search construction and analysis

Learn how to develop a database search that retrieves all the published literature on a research topic. 

Critical appraisal

Method books, chapters and papers

A selection of books, book chapters and research papers on systematic review methods. 

Systematic reviews