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"Systematic reviews address a need for health decision makers to be able to access high quality, relevant, accessible and up-to-date information."

Source: Lasserson TJ, Thomas J, Higgins JPT. Chapter 1: Starting a review. In: Higgins JPT, Thomas J, Chandler J, Cumpston M, Li T, Page MJ, Welch VA (editors). Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions version 6.3 (updated February 2022). Cochrane, 2022. Available from

Systematic reviews can be found in databases:

Databases specific to systematic reviews

Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database

The Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database allows you to search simultaneously, a wide range of summarized and appraised health care evidence, including 3,000 records across seven publication types: Evidence Based Recommended Practices, Evidence Summaries, Best Practice Information Sheets, Systematic Reviews, Consumer Information Sheets, Systematic Review Protocols, and Technical Reports.

The Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library consists of a regularly updated collection of evidence-based medicine databases, including The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, which provide high quality information to people providing and receiving care. 

Prospero- International Prospective Register of Systematic Reviews

Registration is free and open to anyone undertaking systematic reviews of the effects of interventions and strategies to prevent, diagnose, treat, and monitor health conditions, for which there is a health related outcome.

The Campbell Library

The Campbell Collaboration is an international research network that produces systematic reviews of the effects of social interventions.

Search using publication type filter


You can limit your results to systematic reviews. Before you type in the search query, on the search screen:

  • under the search options box, find
  • limit your results box, then
  • in the Publication Type box, select Systematic Reviews, then click on search


Use the article type "Systematic Review" filter to limit your result list to guidelines.


Type in your search query, on the results page under filter results, click systematic reviews to limit results to just clinical practice guidelines.

Search using hedges

Hedges are often used for comprehensive searches (ex. umbrella review focused on systematic reviews as a study design). 

Note that hedges can be database specific, therefore some hedges can only be used for certain databases. This is because not all search fields are universal across all databases.