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Systematic Reviews

What is Covidence?

Covidence is a software designed specifically to assist with systematic and scoping reviews. The large number of citations needed for these reviews (usually in the thousands) are more easily managed with Covidence. The library is happy to offer Covidence at no charge to RUSH-affiliated researchers. To initiate your review, please fill out the Librarian Assisted Search form or email

What can Covidence do?

  • handles bulk citation imports with ease
  • allows for quick screening of title and abstract by multiple reviewers
  • provides a place to attach PDFs of full text
  • allows for full text screening by multiple reviewers and keeps track of reasons for exclusions
  • provides information for PRISMA flowchart by keeping track of the number of citations at the various stages of the review

Librarian involvement usually ends with the literature search. Once citations are imported into Covidence, it is expected that the researchers will handle the review. We are happy to help if you run into problems, but please be aware that these steps are not usually undertaken by the librarian.



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