"Systematic reviews seek to collate evidence that fits pre-specified eligibility criteria in order to answer a specific research question. They aim to minimize bias by using explicit, systematic methods documented in advance with a protocol." (chapter 1)
"Meta-analysis is the statistical combination of results from two or more separate studies." (chaptet 10)
Before You Begin
A systematic review is a major commitment.
Expect the systematic review or meta-analysis to take lots of time
Plan everything out before starting
Meet with a librarian to discuss some of the necessary tools, including (but not limited to) ...
Databases to find the relevant publications
Citation management tools such as EndNote, Mendeley, or Zotero