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Use Library Hub Discover to search a database of 169 UK and Irish academic, national and specialist library catalogues.
SCONUL Access is a scheme which allows many university library users to use study spaces or books and journals at other libraries which belong to the scheme. Some library users may be able to borrow print books from other libraries too.
Due to the pandemic, the scheme is currently suspended.
Finding unpublished material
This guide by University of Wolverhampton Library has an extensive list of resources to use when searching for grey literature.
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Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Intervention
The Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions is the official guide that describes in detail the process of preparing and maintaining Cochrane systematic reviews on the effects of healthcare interventions. All authors should consult the Handbook for guidance on the methods used in Cochrane systematic reviews. The Handbook includes guidance on the standard methods applicable to every review (planning a review, searching and selecting studies, data collection, risk of bias assessment, statistical analysis, GRADE and interpreting results)
An Introduction to Systematic Reviews by
Publication Date: 2017-05-05
Focused on actively using systematic review as method, An Introduction to Systematic Reviews;provides clear, step-by-step advice on the logic and processes of systematic reviewing. Stressing the importance of precision and accuracy, this practical text carefully balances a need for insightful theory with real-world pragmatism.