The name 'systematic review' sounds like it should be the best review for everything. We all want a review that was done in a systematic fashion. However, SR's are specialized, require a great deal of time and effort, and are designed to answer a specific type of question. Look over the following types of reviews to determine which is most appropriate for your need.
Indicators you might need a systematic review:
Indicators you do not want to do a systematic review:
The good news is that librarians can help you with all different kinds of literature reviews, including helping decide which review is best for you.
Consult our Planning Form to clarify your research need, and then contact an appropriate librarian for guidance on how to proceed.
Grant and Booth (2009) A typology of reviews: an analysis of 14 review types and associated methodologies Health Info Library Journal doi:10.1111/j.1471-1842.2009.00848.x
Wasmuth, S, Pritchard, K, Kaneshiro, K. Occupation -Based Intervention for Addictive Disorders: A Systematic Review. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2016 Mar;62(3):1-9. PMID: 26738639
Hynes, M.M., Mathis, C., Purzer, S., Rynearson, A. & Siverling, E. Systematic Review of Research in P-12 Engineering Education from 2000-2015. International Journal of Engineering Education 33(1B): 453-462. http://www.ijee.ie/latestissues/Vol33-1B/17_ijee3386ns.pdf