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Writing in the Health and Social Sciences: Tutorials & Tools for Literature Reviews

Guide to writing, citing, and publishing resources for the health and social sciences.

Database Searching & Strategy Development

Citation Management Tools

For help choosing: See comparison chart
For help using: See schedule of RefWorks, EndNote, and Zotero classes (coded in pink)


Backing Up Bibliographic Data

If you are using a citation manager to store bibliographic data related to your evidence synthesis project, it is recommended that you maintain back up copies of your data.  

Recommended steps for backing up bibliographic data will vary depending on your software of choice (Zotero, Mendeley, EndNote or RefWorks) - more information can be found on the guide for Data Management Planning - Storage & Backup

Article Screening - Covidence

PRISMA - Checklist & Diagram

PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) is an evidence-based protocol for reporting information in systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

Specific resources include:

PRISMA Checklist

  • A 27 item checklist whose items refer to the preferred content of a for reporting systematic reviews and meta-analyses, including suggested content for the title, abstract, methods, results, discussion and funding.

PRISMA Extensions

  • Extensions to the PRISMA Checklist to facilitate the reporting of different types or aspects of systematic reviews/meta-analyses (e.g., checklists for reporting scoping reviews, individual patient data)

PRISMA Diagram Templates