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How to write a great research paper using reporting guidelines - A toolkit for writing research from the EQUATOR Network.
One of the first hurdles to get over when writing up a research plan or reporting the results of your study is finding the appropriate reporting guideline.
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Citation Management Tools
Citation management is essential in a systematic review. There are a number of citation management tools available that are compatible with many of the databases and resources you'll use. Visit the citation management guide to get started. It only takes a few minutes to set up an account with such tools as Zotero, Mendeley and Endnote Online. For more advanced features, you may consider purchasing the desktop version of Endnote.
Below you will find selected resources to assist you with various functions on Endnote.
Downloading large results from EBSCO
In EBSCO databases, find a link called "Email a link to download exported results." This will allow you to download the results in RIS file format and import that RIS file into Zotero.
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Systematic Review Accelerator (SRA) offers users a reliable program to remove duplicate records with greater sensitivity and specificity than EndNote. SRA aimed to reduce the amount of time taken to produce systematic reviews by maximizing the efficiency of the various review stages such as optimizing search strategies and screening, finding full-text articles, and removing duplicate citations. This application can save researchers and information specialists time and avoid research waste. Visit the help guide to get you started or read the review article.
NOTE: Read further about the types of duplicate records in a systematic review context
CADIMA - Try this open access tool for all stages of your systematic review project!
Kohl, C., McIntosh, E. J., Unger, S., Haddaway, N. R., Kecke, S., Schiemann, J., & Wilhelm, R. (2018). Online tools supporting the conduct and reporting of systematic reviews and systematic maps: A case study on CADIMA and review of existing tools. Environmental Evidence, 7, 8. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13750-018-0115-5
Citation searching, chasing, or snowballing
It is recommended to search the reference lists of included papers for potentially relevant ones. Below are guidelines on how to use the proper terminology to describe the process of citation chasing:
Converting scanned PDFs to text
Supporting several stages of the review process
Author services from Springer Nature
Translation services AND MORE (grant application, protocol development, etc.)
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Quality Assessment Tools
Quality Assessment and Risk of Bias Tool Repository - a freely available repository of commonly used tools to assess the risk of bias. To best access the tool, follow the steps:
Risk of Bias Tools Repository (National Toxicology Program, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) - a repository of risk of bias tool providing the tools through Tableau, a data visualization platform. The website offers options to filter the tools alphabetically, by domain name, study design, and research area.
Which one to choose? Read the article below for further guidance.
Munthe-Kaas, H. M., Glenton, C., Booth, A., Noyes, J., & Lewin, S. (2019). Systematic mapping of existing tools to appraise methodological strengths and limitations of qualitative research: First stage in the development of the CAMELOT tool. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 19(1), 113. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12874-019-0728-6. See Additional file 3 for a list of included critical appraisal tools.
Zeng, X., Zhang, Y., Kwong, J. S. W., Zhang, C., Li, S., Sun, F., Niu, Y., & Du, L. (2015). The methodological quality assessment tools for preclinical and clinical studies, systematic review and meta-analysis, and clinical practice guideline: A systematic review. Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine, 8(1), 2–10. https://doi.org/10.1111/jebm.12141
Critical Appraisal Tools for Blogs, Podcasts, and Grey Literature