Q: How should I review previous studies on the effects of broken homes on the academic performance of pupils?
I plan to review empirical studies.
Looks like you are doing either a literature review or a systematic review. If your review is to revolve around a specific research question, it would be a systematic review. Additionally, there are several types of systematic review: qualitative, quantitative, and meta-analysis. Although it doesn’t seem like it, if you are doing a meta-analysis, do ensure you register your protocol before starting your literature search. Finally, for all the above-mentioned studies, you will of course need to do a thorough search for relevant literature. Here then are several resources to help you with these various types of review articles: