Secondary or Synthesis Research

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Latest Edit: Iva 2012-08-04 (EDT)

Secondary research, or synthesis research, is work that collects, analyzes, and synthesizes pre-existing original research. Secondary research may be systematic in its methods, such as a systematic review or meta analysis, or may not be systematic, for example, a narrative review in which information is included at the discretion of the author. The main strength of secondary research is that is provides a more comprehensive review of a given topic than a single original study.


  • Provides a synthesis of existing evidence in a concise manner


  • Does not contribute new data to the larger body of knowledge