Systematic Reviews – Tools

by Bruce Abbott, Erik Davis Fausak, Amy Studer, Megan G. Van Noord, Nicole A Capdarest-Arest – December 20, 2019

This guide highlights a selection of tools available to UC Davis researchers wanting to perform and manage systematic reviews.

For a guide on what systematic reviews are, including the systematic review literature search process, and how to request a consultation for a health sciences systematic review project, see our Systematic Reviews guide.

For a guide on citation management tools that may be helpful in managing citations as part of the systematic review process, see the Citation Manager Comparison.

For a searchable catalog of tools related to the systematic review process, including meta-analyses, see SR Toolbox.

Bruce Abbott

Health Sciences Librarian


In this Guide:


UC Davis Library has licensed Covidence systematic review software. Covidence is a tool to manage the systematic review process, and is used in many health professions systematic reviews, including Cochrane reviews. Current UC Davis affiliates wanting to use Covidence for systematic review management can use this link to sign up.

JBI Sumari

UC Davis Library licenses Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Evidence-based Practice database, including SUMARI (The System for the Unified Management, Assessment and Review of Information), its tool for systematic review management. For systematic reviews in nursing or other health professions, or for those using the Joanna Briggs approach, this is a key tool. SUMARI can be accessed through the JBI database.