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Systematic Reviews (SRs)

Tutorials, How To, Resources in support of teaching and conducting a systematic review.

Citation Management Software

  • Powerful and recommended by LIS professionals for SRs
  • $$
  • Big learning curve, but there are a lot of helpful videos on Youtube
  • Cannot handle more than 5,000 records at a time
  • Open source (free)
  • An OK learning curve

Abstract Tracking Software (SR-specific)

  • Imports citations great from EndNote (any RIS file type will work)
  • $$
  • Cochrane Library created and uses Covidence
  • Easy to use
  • Imports citations great from EndNote (any RIS file type will work)
  • $$
  • Seems to have more features for team members
  • Will create a forest plot for your SR
  • $$

 "Review Manager (RevMan) is the software used for preparing and maintaining Cochrane Reviews. You can use RevMan for protocols and full reviews. It is most useful when you have formulated the question for the review, and allows you to prepare the text, build the tables showing the characteristics of studies and the comparisons in the review, and add study data. It can perform meta-analyses and present the results graphically."

  • Open access (free)
  • Imports from Refworks, PubMed, or other citation management softwares