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Systematic Methods for Literature Reviews: SRM - Library research models

Models or diagrams of review processes

Models can help with understanding the activities of systematic reviewing. Models can help with seeing how those activities fit together, interact, or contribute to the final review product (paper, article, dissertation chapter, etc.).  And, those pictures can give ideas for designing a personal review process.  The personal "review flow digram" that one designs can show or remind you where certain steps are needed and where certain documentation is needed.  Your personal review model can also be good to include in a "research log" (see Manage tab above). Also, looking at and using a personal flow diagram can trigger adjustments to the steps taken (and these are documented).  

Model of "Library Research" process


Draft model developed by Andrew Abbott, University of Chicago, and shared via email. According to communications with the author, this model represents the "massively parallel" set of activities occurring as one works to complete a library research project.

An "SR" Model

Model of searching and 'screening'. See page 105 in Systematic Synthesis of Qualitative Research, Saini & Shlongsky, 2012.