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Systematic Reviews: Managing the process

Why use reference management software ?

  • Ideal for managing large numbers of references
  • Create and maintain your own searchable database of references
  •  Insert citations into word processing documents
  •  Format references and bibliographies in a variety of styles                      

 

The University Galway has signed up with Eduserv/CHEST for a site license agreement (on-campus only) for  the use of EndNote.

Here's a link to our step-by-step guide: An Introduction to EndNote X7 for Windows.

See the EndNote LibGuide for lots more useful information and guidance.

 

Limits for exporting records

  • For our Ovid resources (Medline & PSYCinfo), the limit is set at 2,000 results
  • For our EBSCO (CINAHL) resources, the limit is set to 2,000 results
  • For Embase,  there is a download limit of 10,000 records at a time

Software provided by NUI Galway

 

See the ISS A to Z  listing of software

Note: the library does not provide training on these tools. See links above for more information.

Need training for EndNote ?

  • The Library offers regular training in using EndNote. Check our list of events to see if there is a date that suits you.

 

  • Sign up for online training from EndNote. View their Calendar of training events

Other tools

 

In addition to EndNote, a number of other software tools can be used in the production of systematic reviews. 

  • Abstrackr An online tool for the task of citation screening. Available from http://abstrackr.cebm.brown.edu/account/login
  • Covidence Cochrane's main recommended screening and data collection tool, Covidence allows for collaborative title/abstract/fulltext screening, data extraction and risk of bias assessment. Iis available from https://www.covidence.org/
  • Distiller SR Online application designed for screening and data extraction. Access at  https://distillercer.com/
  • EPPI-Reviewer 4  is Web-based software recommended by Cochrane for complex reviews including narrative and qualitative synthesis. Manages references, stores PDF files and faciliates qualitative and quantitative analysis. See http://training.cochrane.org/resource/eppi-reviewer for more information including how to access or subscribe
  • Rayyan enables rapid sifting of search citations and facilitates the sharing of decisions by review authors on studies to be included or excluded from their review. Available from http://rayyan.qcri.org/
  • RevMan  Review Manager is the Cochrane Collaboration's software used to prepare snd maintain reviews for publication in the Cochrane Library. The software can be downloaded from http://tech.cochrane.org/revman
  • Systematic Review Data Reporitory (SRDR) Web-based tool for the extraction and management of data for systematic review or meta-analysis". It is also an open and searchable archive of systematic reviews and their data, See http://srdr.ahrq.gov/

Cochrane compile an up-to-date searchable online catalogue of tools to support systematic reviews. The Systematic Review (SR) Toolbox is available at http://systematicreviewtools.com/​