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Systematic Reviews - Research Guide


Methodological guidelines

It is important to plan and conduct your systematic review in accordance with appropriate methodological guidelines. Not following authoritative process guidance is likely to result in a poor quality review. 

The methodological guidelines and handbooks below will guide your systematic review:

Reporting guidelines and standards

Reporting of systematic reviews should be transparent, replicable and complete to allow others to assess the trustworthiness and validity of review findings and replicate or update reviews. Reporting standards facilitate transparent, complete and accurate reporting of systematic reviews. 

Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) 

PRISMA is an evidence-based minimum set of items for reporting in systematic reviews. For more information on PRISMA and how to use it, see the following:

Several extensions to PRISMA have been developed, including:


Other reporting guidelines/standards:

Murdoch Research Repository

Murdoch Research Repository contains research produced by Murdoch students and academics, including theses and articles.

To view previous honours theses to see what a typical thesis looks like:


  1. Go the the Murdoch Research Repository home page
  2. Select Browse Theses and Browse by Murdoch Affiliation
  3. Select the area of research from the list of disciplines
  4. Use Ctrl+F Honours to easily find honours theses.

Example thesis:

Wallace, Frankie (2021) Exploring the association between high anxiety, sleep difficulties and emotional regulation. Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

Books on systematic reviews