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Systematic Reviews

Learn how the library can support you with your systematic review.

Managing References

Systematic review searches may retrieve thousands of citations.  Below are some reference management programs that will help store, organize and cite resources. Contact MCW Libraries if you have questions about using these programs.

Other reference management products are available.  Here is a comparison of reference management software.

Critical Appraisal

AMSTAR (A Measurement Tool to Assess Systematic Reviews) Includes the AMSTAR checklist, an 11 point checklist to assess systematic reviews.

CASP Checklists - a set of eight critical appraisal tools from the Critical Appraisal Skills Program.  The appraisal tools cover systematic reviews, randomized controlled trials, cohort studies, case control studies, economic evaluations, diagnostic studies, qualitative studies and clinical prediction rules.

Checklists for Assessing Study Qualities from COSMIN (COnsensus-based Standards for the selection of health Measurement INstruments)

Critical Appraisal tools from the CEBM (Centre for Evidence Based Medicine) includes critical appraisal sheets, calculators, explanations and examples.

Critical Appraisal Worksheets from Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries.

Critical Appraisal Worksheets from Duke University

GRADE Guidelines (Grading Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation). 



Project Management and Data Extraction Software

Colandr - open source, cloud-based tool for managing and screening articles for systematic reviews

Covidence - management tool for screening, data extraction and risk of bias assessment

DistillerSR - proprietary web-based systematic review software from Evidence partners

RevMan5 - software used for preparing and maintaining Cochrane reviews

Rayyan - free web application and mobile app for managing and screening articles for systematic reviews

Systematic Review Data Repository - tool from AHRQ for extraction and management of data for systematic reviews

Systematic Review Toolbox - "online catalogue of tools that support various tasks within the systematic review and wider evidence synthesis process"

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