Database of SLRs, Systematic Mapping Studies, and Tertiary Studies
This section of the EBSE Web site provides a searchable database of Systematic Literature Reviews (SLRs) on software engineering topics, which will be updated as new SLRs are published or made available.
The database has initially been populated with a set of 43 SLRs identified from the following paper:
Budgen, D. and Drummond, S. and Brereton, P. and Holland, N. (2012) 'What scope is there for adopting evidence-informed teaching in software engineering ?', 34th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE), Zurich, Switzerland, 2-9 June 2012.
How is our database organised?
We have employed a small number of classification schemes to help organise the material provided in this database, mainly to assist our users with searching for information about its contents. This page briefly explains each of these and how they were determined.
Classification by Research Topic
Each entry (corresponding to a published SLR) has been categorised
using a set of general topic headings. The chosen set are
based upon the headings used in two documents from IEEE/ACM.
first of these is the Software
Engineering Education Knowledge (SEEK) knowledge areas used
the IEEE/ACM Software Engineering Curriculum Guidelines, while the
second is the structure used for the first edition of the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge
(SWEBOK). The categories we have used are as follows:
- Professional Practices
- Requirements Elicitation and Specification
- Validation & Verification
- Software Development Processes
- Software Quality
- Software Management
- Methods & Tools
Classification by the Type of SLR
While there are many types of SLR, we have used a rather simplified
of categories for these, based loosely on the much more detailed set
provided in Chapter Two of the book Systematic
Approaches to a Successful Literature Review by Andrew
Diana Papaioannou and Anthea Sutton. Our categories are:
- Mapping Study (any sort of review that identifies 'what is there', usually with some form of categorisation of the primary studies)
- Systematic Literature Review (a fuller review that involves some form of synthesis of the data from the primary studies)
- Tertiary Study (an SLR that surveys SLRs -- a broad tertiary study identifies 'what is there' whereas a focused one addresses SLRs that meet some criterion)
- Meta-Analysis (an SLR that involves a rigorous statistical form of synthesis)
Classification by Form of Synthesis
The form of synthesis used to aggregate the data from the primary
studies included in an SLR has implications for the quality of the
resulting evidence. We have based our categories upon those
employed in the
paper Research Synthesis in
Engineering: A Tertiary Study, by Daniela S Cruzes and Tore
Dybå, Information & Software Technology 53, pp440-455,
2011. Where these authors have categorised one of the SLRs in
this database, we have used their values, otherwise we have
the classification ourselves. Categories used are:
- Classification -- grouping of primary studies according to some classification scheme (used in mapping studies)
- Thematic Synthesis -- used for "identifying, analysing and reporting patterns (themes) within data"
- Narrative Synthesis -- using a narrative summary,
- Comparative Analysis -- using boolean logic to analyse "complex causal connections", and possibly using vote-counting
- Meta-analysis -- employing statistical forms of synthesis
- Case Survey -- used to systematically code data from a large number of case studies to enable the use of quantitative analysis
- Meta-ethnography -- essentially qualitative in form, seeking to "identify concepts that go beyond individual accounts to produce a new interpretation"
- Not Explicitly Described
SLR Database search
You can search the database using the following link:
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Page last updated - August 2012.