from: Undertaking systematic reviews of research on effectiveness: CRD's guidance for those carrying out or commissioning reviews. CRD Report 4 (2nd edition). March 2001. http://www.york.ac.uk/inst/crd/report4.htm
A systematic review is a summary of research that uses explicit methods to perform a thorough literature search and critical appraisal of individual studies to identify the valid and applicable evidence. An example which also explains what systematic reviews are, alternative terminology and desirable characteristics is:
Rose, H., Briggs, J. G., Boggs, J., Sergio, L., & Ivanova-Slavianskaia, N. (2017). A systematic review of language learner strategy research in the face of self-regulation. System, 72, 151–163.
A systematic review should include the preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses (http://www.prisma-statement.org/PRISMAStatement/PRISMAStatement)
A systematic review is a research method, just as interviews or surveys are research methods. The key difference is whether you are collecting and analysing your own primary data, or performing a review of already published research and grey literature.
For systematic reviewing in the field of education, EPPI-Centre is the place to start:
The Campbell Collaboration shares the commitment of The Cochrane Collaboration (healthcare) to high standards for the conduct of systematic reviews. You can search for examples in the field of education in their free online library.
Take a look at the Cambell Collaboration's library of systematic reviews in the social sciences: https://www.campbellcollaboration.org/library.html
Recent reviews by members of the Department of Education include:
Macaro, E., Handley, Z. & Walter, C. (2012) A systematic review of CALL in English as a second language: Focus on primary and secondary education. Language Teaching 45(1) p.1-43
Freeman, J. & Brandi, S. (2015) Examining the impact of policy and practice interventions on high shool dropout and school completion rates: A systematic review of the literature. Review of Educational Research, 85(2) p.205-248
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It is common practice to use Excel and Reference Management Software to manage systematic reviews.
The EPPI-Centre have created specific software for systematic reviewing which individuals can subscribe to (the cost is not prohibitive).
There is also free alternative: Rayyan http://rayyan.qcri.org/
Covidence is an alternative online software you can pay for: Covidence