Preliminary assessment of potential size and scope of available research literature. Aims to identify nature and extent of research evidence.
Systematically map the literature on a topic by identifying key concepts, theories and sources of evidence that inform practice in the field.
range of sources
feasibility of a SLR
no quality assessment
lack of depth in overview
Weeks, L. C. & Strudsholm, T. A scopingreview of research on complementary and alternativemedicine (CAM) and the mass media: lookingback, moving forward. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008, 19(8), 43.