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Systematic Reviews

Information on how to conduct systematic reviews in the health sciences.

Tools for Data Extraction and Analysis

Abstrackr:  Free, open-source web-based tool for screening abstracts.

Covidence: Not free, web-based tool for screening abstracts. There is a free trial.

DistillerSR:  Free student option available; web-based tool for screening abstracts.

RevMan 5 (Review Manager, from the Cochrane Collaboration):  Free "for purely academic use". Download the software here.

Rayyan (web and mobile app developed at Qatar Computing Research Institute (Data Analytics):  Free. Read more about Rayyan here.

Systematic Review Data Reposity (SRDR): Free, web-based tool from the Effective Healthcare Program of AHRQ for screening abstracts & public repository of study data.  


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Manage the Process Using Citation Management Software

It is not unusual to collect thousands of articles as a result of your literature searches.  Citation management software, such as EndNote, Mendeley, or Zotero, are useful in the systematic review  process because they help you to easily collect & organize references from a variety of databases & check for duplicate citations (it is important during a systematic review to not count duplicate articles).  Find more information about citation tools in this research guide