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Research Guides

Systematic Reviews Service

Resources to support reviews


PIECES a spreadsheet designed to help you document and record methods of the review for reporting, especially useful for PRISMA flowchart. 

Overall systematic review software

  • colandr: Free software; especially helpful in sorting citations
  • EPPI-Reviewer: fee
  • RevMan: from Cochrane Collaboration, free for academic use, but support is only for registered Cochrane authors
  • SRDR (AHRQ): Systematic Review Database Repository from Agency of Healthcare Research & Quality

Meta analysis

Qualitative software

Critical Appraisal Checklists

Guide to selecting risk of bias tools from National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Systematic review appraisal

  • ROBIS: Risk of Bias in Systematic Reviews
  • AMSTAR: Shea et al. Development of AMSTAR: a measurement tool to assess the methodological quality of systematic reviews

General checklist


Joanna Briggs Institute (health-related reviews)


OHAT Risk of Bias Rating Tool for Human and Animal Studies

Center for Evidence-Based Management critical appraisal tools


Nutrition Evidence Library Bias Assessment Tool (BAT)

Search filters

Strength of Evidence guides