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Systematic reviews: finding and managing the evidence

This guide gives an overview of how to plan, execute and organize literature searches to support systematic reviews and other projects and research requiring in-depth searches.

Getting help



  • Download some Guidance for NHS Researchers on the literature search process and appendices, developed by Thames Valley & Wessex Healthcare Librarians.
  • Often the search tool provider will publish training material on their own website or sometimes on YouTube

Face to face


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Systematic Review Tools


There are a number of free and paid for time-saving tools that help you collaborate on systematic review projects and extract data.

  • Covidence: a paid web application to stream line the evidence synthesis process when running systematic reviews. A free trial version is available. Endorsed by Cochrane.
  • Rayyan: free with some fee-based additional services
  • Sysrev: free