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Systematic Review (SR) Service: Databases, Resources & Tools

Collaborate with a MSK Research Informationist to publish your Systematic Review.


The National Academies states that a common error is to rely solely on a limited number of bibliographic databases in conducting SRs. Below are some of the large well-known databases commonly searched for SRs. A librarian can recommend other sources relevant to your topic, including grey literature (conference proceedings and government documents, for example).

Systematic Reviews: Standards, Guidelines & Resources


Covidence is a tool that we have integrated within our Systematic Review Service.  Our goal is to support our users, improve efficiency for the systematic review team, and reduce the time required to produce a systematic review.  

You can create your personal sign-in information with Covidence before or after joining the institutional subscription. To request access to the institutional account in Covidence, you must use your current MSK email address.  If you have already joined the MSK Library’s Covidence account, then you can log into Covidence with your email and password and start using this reference review management tool right away!

Helpful tips and tools for getting started. Learn about systematic reviews and how to use this application from Covidence Academy.

AMSTAR - Acronym stands for A Measurement Tool to Assess Systematic Reviews

Rayyan - An application developed at Qatar Computing Research Institute which aids systematic review authors in performing their research in a quick and easy fashion. Authors can collaborate together to determine papers that will be included/excluded and label articles. There is no cost associated with this tool.

ROBIS -  Tool for assessing the risk of bias in systematic reviews (rather than in primary studies) and is currently aimed at four broad categories of reviews mainly within healthcare settings: interventions, diagnosis, prognosis and aetiology. The target audience for this tool is primarily guideline developers, authors of overviews of systematic reviews (“reviews of reviews”) and review authors who might want to assess or avoid risk of bias in their reviews.tool designed specifically to assess the risk of bias in systematic reviews.  To learn more about this resource, review the 2016 publication in the Journal of Epidemiology entitled "ROBIS: A new tool to assess risk of bias in systematic reviews was developed."