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Systematic Reviews

A guide directing researchers on the systematic review process. Layout based on Doing a Systematic Review: A Student's Guide, 2nd Edition, by Angela Boland, M. Gemma Cherry, and Rumona Dickson.

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Screening References

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Inclusion and Exclusion

Depending on the review, searches conducted may identify thousands of sources. Use Covidence to streamline the process and facilitate team collaboration.

  • Duplicate removal
    • Covidence removes duplicates as references are imported into the review project
  • Title and abstract screening
    • Covidence enables team members to review inclusion and exclusion criteria during the screening process
    • Covidence facilitates team-based review
    • Studies falling outside of the inclusion criteria are removed
  • Full text review
    • Full text of articles are provided by Gumberg Library in many cases, but not all
      • If we don't have full text, you can access materials through an interlibrary loan (Log in with your MultiPass to submit a request)
    • Once full text is obtained, this can be uploaded to Covidence to facilitate review
    • Covidence prompts to provide exclusion criteria when necessary

Note: Covidence records all this data in a draft PRISMA chart that can be later used when writing the review manuscript.