Most databases will enable you to output your results via email or export as an RIS file that can be used in bibliographic software such as Refworks (available to University staff and students) or Endnote (subscription required) and Mendeley (free online/download)
The process of managing your references is outlined below:
At St George's we support RefWorks reference management software, available for our students, teaching staff and researchers. Visit our Refworks and reference management libguide for further guidance.
Other reference management software available includes Endnote (Subscription-based), Zotero or Mendeley (Freely available).
Once you have decided which reference management tool to use, you can export your references into it and integrate with Word when writing your manuscripts.
For help and advice on selecting the right reference management software for your needs, contact your liaison librarian.
Documenting the search forms a vital part of the review process. Your searches should be able to be evaluated and reproduced in the future.
Ideally you need to record:
A study flow diagrams can be used to "depict the flow of information through the different phases of a systematic review. It maps out the number of records identified, included and excluded, and the reasons for exclusions." PRISMA, (2019. )See the PRISMA website to download their templates for Flow Diagrams as shown below:
Yang, Bo; Wang, Feng-Lei; Ren, Xiao-Li; Li, Duo (2014): PRISMA Flow Diagram for included prospective cohort and case-control studies. Figure_1.tif. PLOS ONE. 10.1371/journal.pone.0110574.g001.
The library’s databases will offer links to articles where subscriptions exist via NHS or university collections. Access is controlled via NHS OpenAthens or Shibboleth accounts. Due to research funder mandates or publishers’ policies, there are an increasing number of open access articles available for free over the web.
The following journal finding tools and services can also help track down articles: