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Systematic literature reviews for education and social sciences

A guide to conducting a systematic literature review in the Education discipline

Software tools

Software tools - text analysis

There are two main software tools available from Griffith University to support analysis of text resources for literature review purposes.


NVivo lets you import and analyse text-based data, enables you to code and annotate articles as well as take notes and arrange papers by concept. For more information or to download NVivo see the Software Download Service.


Leximancer fully automates the process of coding your literature . You can use Leximancer to help you with quantifying and coding your literature. Leximancer examines a body of text and produces a ranked list of terms based on frequency and related occurrence. These terms are then visually represented to show connections between concepts. Get access to Leximancer here


Many journals now require that literature reviews utilize materials recommend by PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses).

PRISMA is an evidence-based minimum set of items for reporting in systematic reviews and meta-analyses. PRISMA focuses on the reporting of reviews evaluating randomized trials, but can also be used as a basis for reporting systematic reviews of other types of research, particularly evaluations of interventions.  

The PRISMA offers a useful checklist and flowchart to assist in designing a systematic literature review.

Discover more about PRISMA at