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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
  • 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
  • Distiller SR Online application designed for screening and data extraction. Access at
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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

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