Do they really expect a systematic review?
Creating your protocol
Developing your protocol
What sources should you search?
Developing the search strategy
Running and recording your search strategies
Managing your search results
What to do next with your search results
Writing and reporting your review
Sources of help
Covidence is an online software tool designed to streamline the process of conducting a systematic review (or a similarly detailed literature review such as a meta-analysis).
You can use Covidence to collaborate with a team of reviewers to screen results (at both title/abstract and full text stages), complete data extraction and work on risk of bias.
Watch the video on the right from Covidence for an introduction to the system.
At the University of York we have an institutional licence for Covidence, enabling you to create unlimited reviews within the system. Read our joining instructions below to create your account or to link your existing free account to the University of York licence. Please note the important information about creating and maintaining your account. Anyone at the University is welcome to use Covidence, but it is specifically designed for when you need to conduct a systematic review or similarly detailed literature review methodology.
Important information for Covidence users
Support to use the system is largely provided by Covidence themselves, who maintain a detailed Knowledge Base with lots of useful guidance. This includes a number of video tutorials to guide you through the main features of the system.
They also run regular webinars providing an overview of the system, or you can email them for advice at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow the Covidence blog to read updates about the system and articles on how to use it.
For questions about the University of York licence and access to Covidence, please email email@example.com. Please note, however, that we are unable to provide detailed support and guidance to use the system. For support with conducting systematic reviews or literature searching in general, please contact your department's Academic Liaison Librarian. Find their contact details on the Library Subject Guide for your department.