Systematic Review: A summary of the medical literature that uses explicit methods to perform a comprehensive literature search and critical appraisal of individual studies and uses appropriate statistical techniques to combine these valid studies.
(Centre of Evidence-based Medicine Toronto. Glossary of EBM terms.[cited 2012 Jul 2]; Available from: http://ktclearinghouse.ca/cebm/glossary/#glossary_s)
Systematic Literature Review: A systematic,explicit, comprehensive, and reproducible method for identifying, evaluating, and synthesising the existing body of completed and recorded work produced by researchers, scholars, and practitioners.
(Okoli, Chitu and Schabram Kira, A Guide to Conducting a Systematic Literature Review of Information Systems Research (May 5, 2010). Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems, Vol.10, p.26, 2010. Available at SSRN:http://sprouts.aisnet.org/10-26/)
Rapid Review: A brief synthesis and judgement of the available research evidence related to a specific question posed by policy officers. The research evidence is drawn primarily from existing systematic reviews, meta-analyses and economic evaluations.
Integrative Review: The broadest type of research review methods allowing for the simultaneous inclusion of experimental and non-experimental research in order to more fully understand a phenomenon of concern. Integrative reviews may also combine data from the theoretical as well as empirical literature.
(Whittemore R, Knafl K. The integrative review: updated methodology. J Adv Nurs. 2005 [cited 2015 July 17];52(5):546-53 DOI: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2648.2005.03621.x/abstract)
A series by the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library at Yale on how to systematically search the health sciences literature.
To view the following tutorials go to http://cwml-tutorials.blogspot.com.au/search/label/Systematic%20Reviews.
The Synthesis Science in Healthcare Online Book Series from the Joanna Briggs Institute:
Search filters will enable you to limit your searches to the most appropriate study type for your clinical or review question.