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Systematic Reviews and Evidence Syntheses

You will need a way to organize the evidence you find in your searches. We recommend using a citation management software, such as Endnote, as the most efficient way to handle that organization.

These tools can also automate some of the deduplication and full-text retrieval processes, enhance collaboration, facilitate accuracy and consistency in citing and formatting references, and save time while writing and revising your manuscript.  

Endnote

Endnote is our most robust option for citation management. It allows the user to:

  • Customize deduplication and display settings
  • Automatically retrieve many full-text PDFs
  • Export references formatted for Covidence screening
  • Bulk upload PDFs to Covidence for full-text eligibility assessment
  • Sync with Microsoft Word to instantly format in-text citations and reference lists
  • Consult our librarians for support

This resource is provided to UofL faculty, staff, and students at no cost to the user through UofL's Web Store. Co-authors not affiliated with UofL can still collaborate on projects in Endnote by signing up and using the free Endnote Web version. 

For more information, including a schedule of upcoming workshops, please visit our EndNote Guide.

Comparison of Citation Management Software

characteristic EndNote Mendeley Zotero
Get Started EndNote Guide https://www.mendeley.com/ Zotero Guide
About EndNote allows you to store and share your research materials, and provides tools for importing database searches and citing materials.  Mendeley allows you to store and organize your research materials, share them with others, and annotate documents.  Zotero is an easy to use application for organizing your research materials, sharing them with collaborators, and citing them in a wide range of citation styles. 
Cost Free for UofL students, faculty and staff (institutionally sponsored) Free Free
Storage

Unlimited with UofL account

Basic free account includes 2GB cloud storage Basic free account includes 300MB cloud storage
Accessibility https://endnote.com/ada-compliance/ https://www.mendeley.com/accessibility https://forums.zotero.org/search/?Search=accessibility
Versions Web-based & desktop Web-based & desktop Web-based & desktop
Compatibility

Windows
Mac
EndNote online

Windows
Mac
Linux
Windows
Mac
Linux
Word processors supported Microsoft Word
Apache OpenOffice
LibreOffice
Google Docs
Microsoft Word
LibreOffice
OpenOffice
Microsoft Word
Google Docs
LibreOffice

This table was adapted from one created by Marina Ito at https://libguides.macalester.edu/citation/citationmanagement.

For more options, see this comparison of reference management software.