Systematic Reviews & Meta-analyses: Covidence

Guidance on conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

What is Covidence?

Virginia Tech University Libraries has recently acquired an institutional license for Covidence, a web-based software that can help you with your systematic review! With Covidence, researchers conducting a systematic review can:

  • easily upload and manage an unlimited amount references and full-text PDFs
  • customize screening, full-text review, critical appraisal, and abstraction protocol
  • have several reviewers perform screening, full-text review, critical appraisal, and data abstraction
  • collaboratively resolve disagreements among reviewers
  • export review data in plain text or to a reference manager

Covidence is compatible with EndNote, Zotero, Refworks, and Mendeley (e.g., reference managers that support RIS, CSV, or PubMedXML).

Getting an Account

If you are conducting a systematic review and are interested in using or learning more about Covidence, visit the VT-Covidence information page or signup for your new account.

​Once you are signed up with VT's institutional license, you will have the option to create your project under your own account or with the institutional license. Be sure to select the VT option to access all of the benefits of our institutional license!


Virginia Tech University Libraries hosts workshops through PDN about how to use Covidence and other topics related to systematic reviews.

Learn how to use Covidence at each step of your systematic review.

Check out the Covidence FAQ page

If you still have questions that the links above could not answer, contact us at or

Librarian Contacts

Request a consultation:

  • Email:
  • In your email, let us know your current project research focus, planning stage, timeline, and goals. 

Cozette Comer, Evidence Synthesis Librarian  

Kiri DeBose, Head, Veterinary Medicine Library & Liaison to Animal Sciences, 

Ginny Pannabecker, Liaison Librarian: Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, and Systems Biology; Director, RCE,