Yale MeSH Analyzer
A MeSH analysis grid can help identify the problems in your search strategy by presenting the ways articles are indexed in the MEDLINE database in an easy-to-scan tabular format.
Covidence is a web-based program that allows research teams to manage their bibliographic data, PDFs, forms for risk of bias, and data extraction. Reviewers can do title and abstract screening with very little fuss. Contact your librarian to have a Covidence review set up for your team.
Assessing Quality of Research
Jadad scale for quality RCTs - PMID: 8721797
Quality assessment instrument for diagnostic studies (QUADAS-2) PMID: 22007046
Data Extraction and Analysis Tools
DistillerSR | Web-based systematic review software (not free)
RevMan 5 (Cochrane Collaboration - free of charge for purely academic use)
Elamin MB, Flynn DN, Bassler D, et al. Choice of data extraction tools for systematic reviews depends on resources and review complexity. J Clin Epidemiol. 2009; 62(5):506-10. PMID: 19348977
Systematic Review Data Repository Effective Health Care Program, AHRQ
Systematic Review Toolbox | a searchable online catalogue of tools to support systematic reviews
Systematic Searches Tutorial Series
This series of eleven tutorials cover the fundamental concepts and general procedure of searching the health science literature in a systematic manner. The goal of these tutorials is to ensure that your search is comprehensive, methodical, transparent and reproducible, so that your conclusions are as unbiased and closer to truth as possible.
This research guide is geared to Librarians.