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Systematic Reviews (in the Health Sciences)

Guidance for conducting health sciences systematic reviews.

Health Sciences Libraries SR Services

Health Sciences Librarians will provide a one-hour research consultation to help SR teams get started with the process. The one-hour consultation includes guidance for:

  • Determining if your question is right for a systematic review or better suited for another type of review. 
  • Identifying tools, resources, guidelines, and standards for conducting and reporting systematic reviews.
  • Choosing relevant databases and grey literature sources based on your systematic review question.
  • Search strategy development and database search techniques. 
  • Help with systematic review software.

Currently, librarians will NOT develop the search, conduct the search, or gather citations, abstracts, or full text.

To request a one-hour consultation, please fill out this form and a librarian will contact you.

Cochrane Systematic Review Training

Covidence Systematic Review Software

Covidence is a systematic review management tool available through USC Libraries that frequently gets used to deduplicate citations; conduct title/abstract and full text screening; create Risk of Bias tables; perform data extraction; create PRISMA flow charts; and export to RevMan, and/or citation management software.   

Some teams choose to use Covidence for screening, selection, and data extraction while other teams choose to use Covidence for screening and selection and another tool for data extraction. 

EndNote Citation Management Software

EndNote software is highly recommended for systematic reviews because it has more robust features including the ability to locate full text available through USC Libraries subscriptions. EndNote software is available to USC faculty, students, and staff for a discount at the USC Bookstore.

Finding Full Text

To find full-text articles, first run the full-text finder in EndNote. For the remainder of the articles, search the USC Libraries subscriptions to locate full text. Submit Interlibrary Loan requests for any articles you cannot find. Please see the links below for more help.

Additional Systematic Review Tools