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Reference management for systematic reviews

Topic category Searching and information retrieval
Date and Location
Friday 21 October 2011 - 17:45 - 19:15
Methods Group
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Michelle Fiander (Contact this person)
Douglas Salzwedel (Contact this person)
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Cochrane EPOC Group, Canada
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Cochrane Hypertension Group
Target audience
Target audience: 
Information Specialists; Trials Search Coordinators; review authors
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Abstract text
This workshop will demonstrate tools, outline strategies, and offer guidance to support participants’ development of a reference management plan for systematic reviews (SRs). Participants will explore these processes through hands-on exercises. Topics: 1. Overview of software (Reference Manager, EndNote), with emphasis on database customization, reference coding, and managing duplicates 2. File management, e.g. file naming, folder organization 3. Use of import and export filters for data from PubMed, OVID Medline, etc. 4. Migrating data to Cochrane’s RevMan software.

SRs entail the identification and screening of thousands of citations from multiple sources. Despite this volume, strategies for data management are often developed ad hoc, an approach which may lead to inconsistency, duplication of effort, and reduced transparency (loss of data to support PRISMA, inability to report reproducible search strategies, etc.). Information management by Information Specialists/TSCs and authors is an important but often overlooked skill for those involved in the production of systematic reviews.