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Systematic Reviews & Evidence Synthesis Methods



The Analysis stage in a research synthesis includes...

  • Deduplication
  • Screening, typically in 2 stages which ultimately leads to study selection
    • Title/Abstract screening
    • Full Text screening
  • Critical appraisal 
  • Coding and data extraction

In this section of the guide, you will find a listing of various tools to help with the various stages of analysis.  The tools that are recommended are those with which the UT Librarians have had experience and thus feel confident in recommending.  The tools that are listed as alternate options are those that have been mentioned on many academic library websites and in recent reviews of systematic review tools, but have not necessarily been used and evaluated by our team.

The Systematic Review Toolbox is a website with listings, descriptions, and links to various tools and guidance.  You can search based on the type of review or the stage of the review process.

Articles reviewing evidence synthesis tools:

Johnson EE, O'Keefe H, Sutton A, Marshall C. The Systematic Review Toolbox: keeping up to date with tools to support evidence synthesis. Syst Rev. 2022 Dec 1;11(1):258. doi: 10.1186/s13643-022-02122-z. PMID: 36457048; PMCID: PMC9713957.

Gibbs KD, Loveless J, Crane S. A guide to using technological applications to facilitate systematic reviews. Worldviews Evid Based Nurs. 2022 Dec;19(6):442-449. doi: 10.1111/wvn.12611. Epub 2022 Nov 15. PMID: 36380454.

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