Systematic Literature Review : A Practical Guide

Systematic Literature Review : A Practical Guide


  • Understanding of Basic Research Terminologies
  • Basic Statistics
  • Prior knowledge of research methods and statistics
  • Familiarity with academic writing and publishing
  • Proficiency with research databases and data analysis software.


The core purpose of this course is to introduce students about ‘How to perform Systematic Literature Review”. The course will introduce quantitative and qualitative methods to perform systematic literature reviews, meta-analysis and also provide practical guidelines for publishing systematic reviews. This course consist of seven sections and include contents starting from protocol development, designing research question, conducting literature search, inclusion and exclusion criteria and presentation of results. Moreover, its covers multiple frameworks like PICO, SPIDER and PEO. Furthermore, this systematic literature review covers the guidelines of PRISMA. This course will cover examples from multiple disciplines to enhance participants understanding about systematic review process.

It is expected that at the end of this course, students will be able to answer following questions:

1. What is systematic reviews and meta-analysis?

2. How to conduct comprehensive literature review?

3. How to use Boolean Operators to conduct systematic reviews?

4. What is the difference between PICO, SPIDER and PEO?

5. Developing research questions using PICO, SPIDER and PEO criteria.

6. How to report findings of systematic reviews?

7. How to conduct systematic reviews in social sciences, clinical trials and sciences?

8. Conducting Evidence of Quality – GRADE Framework

9. How to publish systematic reviews?

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Who this course is for:

  • Research Scholars, Students, Policy Makers, Teaching faculty, Academicians
  • Early Career Researchers, Research Groups
  • PhD scholars and Graduate Students
  • Researchers who are looking to conduct a comprehensive literature review and synthesize existing research on a particular topic can benefit from this course
  • Graduate students who are pursuing a master’s or PhD degree and need to conduct a systematic literature review as part of their thesis or research project can benefit from this course.
  • Health professionals, such as doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals, can benefit from this course as they often need to review existing research to inform clinical practice.



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