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What can help me run a systematic review?

The Library provides access to two main programmes which will help you run a systematic Review:


Trinity College Dublin has a site license for EndNote and current staff and students are permitted to install a copy of the software on both their personal and College-owned machines, with the provision that copies must be removed when the user leaves College.

EndNote allows users to:

  • Create a personalised database of references

  • Create groups and manage large systematic searches which are a key part of a systematic review

  • Type the references or import them from a database

  • Create a bibliography for a thesis, assignment or journal article in the reference style required, and easily change the reference style

Trinity Staff & Students may download a copy from here:


The Covidence application will help in the screening part of your research review. It is particularly useful for researchers conducting a systematic review. Covidence will:

Import citations: Covidence works seamlessly with your favourite reference managers like EndNote, Zotero, Refworks, Mendeley or any tool that support RIS, CSV or PubMedXML formats. 

Screen titles and abstracts: Breeze through screening with keyword highlighting & a lightning quick interface. Covidence keeps full records of who voted and also supports single or dual screeners. You can even do it on your mobile when you have a few spare minutes. 

Upload references: Transfer PDFs stored in your reference manager to Covidence in a few clicks. 

Screen full text: Decide quickly on studies in full text. Capture reasons for exclusion and any notes so you can resolve any disagreements quickly, with a click of a button. 

Create forms: Be in control and stay focussed on your PICO question. Customisable extraction forms means you only spend time extracting what you need. It saves you time and money. 

Risk of Bias: Automatically populate your risk of bias tables by highlighting and commenting on text directly in your PDF. No more cut and paste. 

Do Data extraction: Extract data efficiently with a side-by-side view of your customised form and PDF. Then, when you’re done, easily compare your form with other reviewers. 

Export: Covidence exports to all the common formats so you can continue your review in your preferred software. 

Here are some direct links to get you started: 

Setting up an Trinity Account with Covidence

Getting Started with Covidence

Accepting an invitation to join a review

Subject Librarian

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Jessica Eustace-Cook
Upper Level, Hamilton Library (01) 8964916